Back pain is one of the most annoying pains there is, and when the cause isn’t a severe injury or arthritis, there are a few options available that don’t involve major surgery.
These kinds of procedures are minimally-invasive lumbar stabilizations and they are designed to relieve most kinds of back pain much easier than going through a complicated operation.
Our medical team is highly qualified to perform these kinds of procedures on patients who are looking to end their back pain for good.
What Do Minimally-Invasive Lumbar Stabilizations Treat?
There are a handful of problems that minimally-invasive lumbar stabilization can treat:
- Degenerative Disk Disease: This problem, made worse by old age, is when the disks in-between the spine begin to breakdown and either squeeze the nerves or result in bone-on-bone contact.
- Herniated Disks: Also known as a slipped disk or ruptured disk, this is when one of the disks in the spine moves out of place and puts pressure on one of the surrounding nerve.
- Scoliosis: A common condition which involves a bend in the spine, this could be caused by a number of factors including bad posture, uneven hips and/or uneven legs.
- Spinal Stenosis: Spinal Stenosis is when the canals within the spine narrow and put pressure on the nerves that pass through it. This causes an uncomfortable feeling as well as back pain in the areas where the stenosis is occurring.
What Are the Benefits of Minimally-Invasive Lumbar Stabilizations?
The fact that this is a minimally invasive procedure is its key selling point. Patients have no lengthy recovery time, the post-procedure scar is usually around one inch and the procedure itself is considered outpatient, so no overnight hospital stay is needed.
What Kinds of Techniques are Available?
There are three main ways that Dr. Jones or a member of our medical team will use to fix your spinal problems.
- Mini Open: Mini Open treatment is essentially a smaller version of full back surgery. The process is generally the same, but features less bleeding, less invasive movements and a smaller incision point.
- Tubular: Tubular surgery is when a tube is sent down the length of the spine in a “muscle splitting” technique. This is a bit more invasive than the mini open technique, but still features very little blood loss and pain.
- Endoscopic: This uses a tiny video camera, called an endoscope, to assess your spine and figure out if more invasive procedures are needed in the future. Not all spinal surgery can be solved by endoscopic surgery, so be sure and talk with a member of our medical team to see if this is the right procedure for you.