Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Effective Treatment Options for Neurosurgery in Colorado
Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is the latest advanced technology available to perform spinal surgeries through small incisions which are less than one inch long. It involves the use of special surgical instruments, devices, and advanced imaging techniques to visualize and perform the surgery through such small incisions. MISS is aimed at minimizing damage to the muscles and surrounding structures.
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It requires a very experienced and competent Neurosurgeon who is trained in this type of operation to obtain the desired results. Dr. Brent Kimball, Colorado Neurosurgeon, has the skill and training which is necessary to complete a successful minimally invasive spine surgery.
Minimally invasive spine surgery possesses numerous benefits over the traditional spine surgery that include:
Small surgery scars
Reduced risk of infections
Less blood loss during the surgery
Less postoperative pain
Shorter hospital stay
Quicker return to work and normal activities
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgical Procedure
Minimally invasive spine surgery is done through small incisions, where segmental tubular retractors and dilators are then inserted through these small incisions. The purpose is to retract muscles and provide access to the spine by creating a working channel for the surgery. This minimizes the damage to the muscles and soft tissues and decreases the blood loss during the surgery.
An endoscope is inserted through one of the incisions to provide images of the operation field on a monitor in the operation room. The surgery is done with special surgical instruments passed through the working channel. Sometimes surgical microscopes may also be used to magnify the visual field. The tissues fall back in place as the various instruments are withdrawn. The incision is then closed and dressed.
Risk and Complications of MISS
The risks and complications of the surgery may include infection, bleeding, nerve injury, or spinal cord injury. Complications due to general anesthesia may also occur. The risks, complications, and benefits are all something you can discuss with Colorado Neurosurgeon, Dr. Brent Kimball, during a consultation.
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