What is minimally invasive laminectomy?

MedicineNet’s definition of “lamina” is: “Plates or layers. For example, the lamina arcus vertebrae are plates of bone within each vertebral body.” The meaning of “Ectomy” is: “The surgical removal of something.” And “minimally invasive” is defined as: “requiring only a small incision or the insertion of an instrument into a body cavity; involving minimal […]

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When do you know it’s time for herniated disc surgery?

One minute, you’re fine. The next, you’re grabbing your back because of tremendous discomfort. Plus weakness, numbness, or a pins-and-needles sensation radiating down into your buttocks and legs. Pain from a herniated disc can come on quickly and proper treatment can also help it go away in short order. But not everyone gets relief—immediate or […]

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Is Degenerative Disc Disease treatable?

“Degenerative disc disease” (DDD) is, admittedly, a scary term. No one wants to hear that they have a disease, even though “disease” is a bit of a misnomer here because DDD is actually more of a condition. But, the word “degenerative” really isn’t all that better, and those who receive this diagnosis typically have the […]

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Why are there fewer complications with minimally invasive spinal surgeries?

A quicker surgical procedure. Less blood loss. A smaller incision. A faster recovery. These are all reasons why minimally invasive spinal surgeries (MIS) are surging in popularity. Another main advantage of this type of spinal surgery, which is a byproduct of all of those other benefits, is the lower complication rate. “As opposed to open […]

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What is a Minimally Invasive Discectomy?

Minimally Invasive Discectomy This is an increasingly popular surgical procedure that is helping back pain sufferers get relief from herniated discs. A herniated disc is a painful condition that occurs when the inner part of a spinal disc pops out through the outer rim and into the spinal canal, which can then compress the nerves, […]

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