Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Minimally invasive spine surgery is a very specialized field that delivers significant benefits to patients with a variety of conditions including spinal fractures, herniated discs and lumbar spinal stenosis. This type of surgery is just one of the options available at Mease Dunedin Hospital.
Our health care system was one of the first in the region to offer innovative minimally invasive fusion (joining of two vertebrae) and microdiscectomy, a procedure that eliminates pain by removing a section of disc that is stressing the spinal cord or radiating nerves. Our minimally invasive treatments include:
Minimally invasive microdiscectomy uses a system of progressing dilating tubes to preserve the muscles while surgically treating disc herniations. This procedure is performed through a small incision in the skin (about ¾ of an inch). The muscles are separated with the dilators, instead of being cut off the bone. With the aid of a microscope, the herniated portion of disc is removed to relieve pressure on the nerves.
- Minimally invasive posterior lumbar fusion is a procedure that preserves muscles while arresting abnormal motion between vertebrae. It can remove large herniated disc and bone spurs when a microdiscectomy is not surgically indicated. With the aid of microscope, our surgeons can use small dilating tubes to remove the disc and insert screws and rods to fuse a section of the lumbar spine. This technique reduces blood loss, shortens the hospital stay, and reduces trauma to the back muscles, which allows for faster rehabilitation and recovery.
- Balloon kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive treatment for spinal fractures caused by osteoporosis. This procedure uses balloons to gently raise the collapsed vertebrae in an attempt to return them to the correct position and height. The procedure can reduce pain, improve mobility and greatly improve a patient’s quality of life.
Our experienced spine surgeons attend additional spine training programs to perform these specialized procedures. We also participate in clinical studies of new products and procedures.
For more information about minimally invasive spine surgery at Mease Dunedin Hospital, call (727) 462-7500.