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How Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Works

Are you living with back pain? Have you tried steroid injections, physical therapy, and other treatments without seeing real, lasting pain relief?

Back pain is a common problem, but when popular conservative treatment options don’t stop your symptoms, it’s easy to feel like you’ve run out of options. When conservative care isn’t enough, minimally invasive spine surgery could be a good option.

With the experience that comes with treating thousands of patients, George Kakoulides, MD, is a minimally invasive spine surgery specialist. He proudly offers a full spectrum of spine care services to people of all ages.

Whether you’ve injured your back or you’re suffering a chronic spinal condition, it’s time to learn more about the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery and find out when surgery could be the best option for you.

Understanding minimally invasive spine surgery

Traditional surgery necessitated long, large incisions for surgeons to access all the muscles, bones, and other tissues they needed to see to perform the operation. Minimally invasive surgery is a high-tech, highly effective way to perform surgery with much smaller incisions.

In minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Kakoulides makes as little as one incision about the size of a buttonhole. He uses small, high-definition cameras inserted into the incision to see the surgery site on a large screen in the operating room.

The images projected on the screen give him an extremely close look at your spine, and he uses specialized surgical tools to perform precise surgical maneuvers. Minimally invasive surgery minimizes trauma to surrounding muscles, tissues, and nerves, and it reduces your risk of complications.

Dr. Kakolides regularly performs decompression procedures with minimally invasive techniques like lateral transpsoas interbody fusion and kyphoplasty. Other techniques he uses include tubular surgery and percutaneous fusion to treat multiple vertebrae with just a few small incisions.

Minimally invasive surgery can be a good option for many different spinal issues, including herniated discs, spinal tumors, spinal instability, and more. In many cases, the procedure itself takes less time than traditional surgery and offers better outcomes for patients.

The benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery

Minimally invasive surgery gets its name because it requires much smaller incisions than traditional surgery and it doesn’t disrupt as much healthy tissue. Smaller incisions and smaller surgical instruments minimize trauma to the body during surgery, which means recovery is often quicker and easier.

Compared to open surgery, minimally invasive surgical procedures can have:

Minimally invasive spine surgery harnesses the latest surgical technology to deliver effective relief from spine problems.

Signs it’s time to consider spine surgery

Although minimally invasive techniques offer numerous benefits compared to traditional methods, choosing spine surgery is still a big decision. Dr. Kakoulides and our team always take a patient-first approach to care, and we generally recommend nonsurgical treatment options first.

Many people with conditions like herniated discs or spinal stenosis find that conservative treatment is enough to relieve their symptoms. But sometimes, surgery is the best option to remedy your symptoms once and for all.

It could be time to consider minimally invasive spine surgery if you’re still living with chronic musculoskeletal pain, nerve pain, or your mobility is severely limited. Dr. Kakoulides is experienced in all the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques, and he can recommend a personalized surgery plan for you.

When minimally invasive spine surgery is your best option, put your trust in Dr. Kakoulides and our surgical team. Contact us online or over the phone to schedule a surgery consultation today.

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