Minimally Invasive Surgery
About Minimally Invasive Surgery | Benefits | Minimal Access Spinal Technologies | O-arm Surgical Imaging
The physicians at Georgia Neurological Surgery & Georgia Comprehensive Spine stand at the forefront of minimally invasive surgical treatment. They can diagnose and treat many types of bone and joint problems using these highly advanced techniques. Use of minimally invasive surgical techniques decreases the recovery time of many patients because the surgical incisions are considerably smaller than conventional surgery and therefore less damaging to the other vital soft tissue structures.
This form of surgery is proving to be particularly successful in joint replacement for arthritis as well as reconstruction of fractures and bones and realignment of extremities. In addition, these new techniques allow indirect fracture reduction and fixation, with less likelihood of injury to blood flow to vital structures and less harm to blood vessels and nerves. It is important to note that the technology used to perform minimally invasive procedures has undergone significant advances in recent years and the surgeons at Georgia Neurological Surgery & Georgia Comprehensive Spine are continuing to improve and refine ways to make surgeries even less invasive.
Spine surgery then home, same day
Some of the Georgia Neurological Surgery & Georgia Comprehensive Spine surgeons use state of the art minimally invasive techniques and instrumentation. This may allow the patient to recover in a shorter period of time and allow for a quicker return home. Innovative developments in minimally invasive techniques have pioneered better ways for the surgeon to access the spine, making the recovery process more seamless.
In minimally invasive spine surgery, a smaller incision is made, sometimes only a half-inch in length. The surgeon inserts special surgical instruments through these tiny incisions to access the damaged disc in the spine. Entry and repair to the damaged disc or vertebra is achieved without harming nearby muscles and tissues when using minimally invasive techniques.
Minimally invasive spine surgery requires extensive training and experience to master use of the tools, but there is tremendous benefit for the patient.
Benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery include:
- Smaller incision and smaller scar
- Less damage to tissues and muscles
- Less blood loss
- Less post-operative pain
- Less painful recovery
- Quicker return to activity
Unlike many other spine care providers, the spine patients who undergo minimally invasive surgery at Georgia Neurological Surgery & Georgia Comprehensive Spine can often have their surgery on an outpatient basis and be home later the same day. Recovery in one’s own home can be more comfortable than staying in a hospital bed.
Minimal Access Spinal Technologies (MAST)
With the introduction of minimal access spinal technologies (MAST), spine surgeons can make a smaller incision, while at the same time accomplish identical results as open spine surgery. Due to the acute accuracy provided by these tools, surgeons can access the vertebrae through narrow probes with surgical cameras and tools.
O-arm Surgical Imaging
The surgeons of Georgia Neurological Surgery & Georgia Comprehensive Spine have access to the O-arm surgical imaging system. The O-arm is a multi-dimensional surgical imaging platform that is optimized for spine. It provides real-time, intra-operative imaging and allows surgeons to perform less invasive surgical procedures.
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