What Is Minimally Invasive Spinal Stenosis Surgery?

Q:
What is minimally invasive spinal stenosis surgery?

A:
Minimally invasive spine surgery is best defined as any procedure that is less invasive than an open procedure for the same purpose.

The term “Minimally-Invasive” was coined by John EA Wickham in 1984 and involves the use of small instruments such as a laparoscope and endoscope.

In minimally invasive spine surgery, a small incision is made at the operation area then a series of small tubes are inserted through the “keyhole” incision at which point the tools used for surgery pass through the tubes. An endoscope, a surgical tool used in many minimally invasive spine procedures, holds a tiny camera which allows the surgeon to view the inside of the patients body on a large screen monitor. The advantages of minimally invasive spine procedures make it much more appealing to patients and therefore is becoming a popular choice among patients and physicians alike.

You’d better consult with your doctor if you are concerned about a minimally invasive spinal stenosis surgery.

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