What is the recovery like after minimally invasive spine surgery
In bed. In pain. Out of work. For what feels like FOREVER. Is that the impression you have of what it must be like recovering from spine surgery? That may have been the reality for those undergoing traditional or âopenâ surgeries, but recovery after minimally invasive spine surgery is decidedly different.
The truth is that the fear of a long and painful recovery can keep some back pain sufferers from getting relief. Theyâre so afraid of the unknown or the perceived discomfort and long healing process that they stick with the pain they know. Sound familiar?
âThe important thing for people to understand about minimally invasive spine surgery is that it isnât just easier to tolerate during the procedure, with less time on the operating table, less blood loss, smaller incisions, and less chance of complications,â saidÂ Dr. Mark C. Valente,Â Board certifiedÂ andÂ fellowship trained orthopedic spine surgeonÂ andÂ Founder and Medical DirectorÂ ofÂ DISC Spine Institute, a leader inÂ minimally invasive back treatmentsÂ and surgical procedures. âIt also typically means a much shorter and easier recovery.â
Whether you need to undergo an outpatient procedure or something more complex, the recovery after minimally invasive spine surgery might just make your fear dissipate.
Minimally invasive spine surgery shows âsignificantly reduced risks to the patient compared to âopenâ spine surgery procedures, which are still performed and were the norm only a few decades ago,â said US News & World Reports.âAfter years of practicing traditional âopenâÂ spine surgery, many modern technical advances have paved the way to provide the same (if not better) results with much less pain, surgical complications and healing time, allowing patients to undergo the entire process with reduced stress on the body and return to normal life that much faster.â
Hereâs what you can expect after minimally invasive spine surgery:
- Getting out of the hospitalâDepending on your procedure, you may be able to walk out on your own power within an hour after outpatient surgery or spend a few days in the hospital. More complicated procedures can require a hospital stay of a day or twoâfar less than what patients would experience with a traditional surgery.
- Incision siteâIncisions from minimally invasive procedures are significantly smaller than those from traditional surgeries. They can be as tiny as a few millimeters, which limits the scarring, and the discomfort. While you can expect to feel some tenderness around the incision site in the days following your surgery, this can generally be easily managed with over-the-counter medication. Be sure to take care of it as advised and be on the lookout for any signs of infection, such as excessive pain, swelling, or fever.
- Resuming normal activityâYour spinal surgeon will give you specific instructions regarding what you can and cannot do in the days immediately following your surgery. You should expect to get back to ânormalâ slowly to make sure you properly heal. For many minimally invasive surgeries, six is the magic numberâthatâs the amount of weeks you can generally expect to be recovering before you can get back to your ârealâ life, but each case is different. Taking medications as prescribed, exercising as advised, and having patience with the process can help keep you on the right track.
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Advances in technology and specialization by leading spinal surgeons have made minimally invasive surgical procedures a popular and ever-growing option for back pain sufferers. When it’s time to put an end to your pain, visit DISC Spine Institute, experts inÂ minimally invasive treatments, the most effective medical procedures to treat and eliminate chronic back paintoday. Minimally invasive surgical techniques mean treating chronic back pain is easier than ever, with outpatient treatments, small incisions, and a quicker recovery time instead of a long hospital stay.