Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

What is Minimally Invasion Spine Surgery?

Minimally invasive spine surgery utilizes a thin telescopic device equipped with a video camera, referred to as an endoscope, which allows spine surgeons to see inside a patient’s body. The endoscope is inserted through small incisions, generally half an inch wide, and the spine surgeon sees exactly what needs to be corrected without the conventional spine surgery complications.

Once a procedure has been completed, the incisions are sealed with sutures and covered with medical tape. The benefit of minimally invasive spine surgery is the healing process. After a few months, the surgical wounds are hardly noticeable, as compared to a traditional spine surgery with a large, noticeable scar.

What should I know?

Minimally invasive spine surgery may not be appropriate for all patients. Although the field of minimally invasive spine surgery is rapidly changing, you should consult with Dr. Moza, an experienced spine surgeon, to discuss whether this procedure is right for you. Some instances where minimally invasive spine surgery may be necessary include:

  • Degenerative discs, which are typically corrected by spinal fusion
  • Deformity corrections such as scoliosis and,
  • Repair of herniated discs

Ask Dr. Moza, a Los Angeles spine surgeon, about your concerns of what to expect before and after your minimally invasive spine surgery procedure. Dr. Moza will discuss with you the necessary steps to follow after your spine surgery. Many people feel immensely better after their spine surgery, but consult with Dr. Moza regarding your postoperative activities.

Benefits of Minimally Invasion Spine Surgery

Minimally invasive spine surgery allows for the same outcomes as conventional spine surgery, with faster healing times and minimal scarring. Other benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery include:

  • Shorter stay in a hospital
  • Reduced postoperative pain
  • Shorter recovery time – a few months instead of a year – and quicker return to daily activities