Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) spinal fusion can now be done using two small poke-hole incisions with minimal dissection, blood loss, and less pain resulting in a faster recovery than traditional open spinal surgery. With traditional spinal surgery it is necessary to cut through muscles and pull them out of the way in order to reach the spine. This causes a large amount of pain, blood loss and lengthens recovery. By gently spreading through the muscles, the MIS technique allows us to reach the spine with much less pain and blood loss.
Using the MIS technique, a transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) is the most common procedure. The MIS TLIF is commonly performed for a multitude of spinal conditions. For example, this can include herniated disks, spondylolisthesis and degenerative disc disease. A MIS TLIF involves relieving back and leg pain by removing any pressure on the nerve along with removing the disk. The disk is then replaced with a bone graft spacer, through which the vertebrae will fuse together. Small screws connected by rods are also placed and meant to hold the spacer in place to allow fusion to occur.
Most importantly, the major advantage of all of these techniques is less damage to the surrounding tissues. As a matter of fact, there is rarely a need for a blood transfusion. In addition, often there is less need for narcotic pain medications, and usually there is a shorter hospital stay.
In conclusion, Dr. Moreno’s state-of-the-art minimally invasive spine surgery in Florida allows patients to go home the same day as their surgery. Patients are up and walking within an hour of the procedure. They also get on an aggressive outpatient physical therapy regime. This ensures them to restore function as soon as possible. Above all, with these complex techniques, a patient’s pain can decrease with minimal disruption to their lives.