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Am I a Candidate for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

Back pain is one of the most common types of chronic pain, but the cause behind your back pain can be complicated. Injury or overuse can cause herniated discs or degenerative disc disease, while tumors, spinal stenosis, and arthritis can develop at any time.

Chronic back pain can significantly impact your quality of life. Conservative treatment can make a difference, but when conservative treatment simply isn’t enough, spine surgery could be the best option to relieve your pain and improve your health. 

George Kakoulides, MD, specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, and our team is proud to bring the latest in surgical technology to our patients. Minimally invasive spine surgery treats a range of common spine problems, without all the risks associated with traditional open surgery.

If you have a spinal condition that needs surgery, it’s time to find out if you could be a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure

What minimally invasive spine surgery treats

In simple terms, minimally invasive spine surgery involves making small incisions and inserting cameras and specialized surgical instruments through those incisions. Traditional surgery requires large incisions and significant disruption of surrounding tissue and muscle, but minimally invasive surgery isn’t as disruptive.

Dr. Kakoulides treats a range of spinal conditions with minimally invasive techniques. You could be a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery if you have:

The only way to know if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive spinal surgery is to schedule a consultation with a spine surgery specialist like Dr. Kakoulides.

Your minimally invasive spine surgery consultation

In your consultation, Dr. Kakoulides thoroughly evaluates your medical history and your condition. He may order diagnostic imaging and other tests if necessary to make the best possible recommendation for you.

In general, you could be a good candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery if you’re living with severe pain that isn’t remedied with conservative treatments. The best candidates are at a healthy weight and don’t have other chronic health issues that could compromise surgery or recovery.

Along with your exam, our team reviews the benefits of minimally invasive surgery with you. When compared to traditional open spine surgery, these benefits often include:

Depending on the type of spinal condition you have, Dr. Kakoulides will choose a surgical technique that fits your needs. Minimally invasive spine surgery is customizable, and incisions to reach your spine can be made in your back, chest, or abdomen. 

If you move forward with minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Kakoulides will discuss the exact type of surgery he’ll perform so you know what to expect.

Find out if you’re a good candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery by booking a consultation with Dr. Kakoulides. Contact the office location nearest you to request an appointment.

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