Mini Spine Fusion Surgery. What exactly happens?
Disruptions to the vertebral discs can happen at any point of time, and the chances of disc damage is very high among people of advanced age and among sportsmen. The disc may be damaged in entirety or merely a portion. The disc may also extrude into the foraminal cavity coming into contact with the spinal column or the nerve roots, or may even squeeze the blood vessels.
Minimally Invasive Spine Fusion is a wonderful Surgical Technique that takes care of prolapsed or herniated discs in the best manner possible. The surgery itself being minimally invasive, consists of the surgeon making a 9mm to 18mm incision in the posterior or lateral side. This is often initiated after a lengthy discussion with the patient. The problem area is determined through a series of x-rays and CT Scans and the best approach is discussed with the patient before hand. Through the 9mm incision a tube is sent bearing the endoscope, guide wires a dilator and a needle. The surgeon identifies the bad disc and scrapes it and pulls it through the tube that is sent in.
In order to maintain the height of the vertebral column and to preserve the gap between the vertebra where the disc had been removed, bone grafts in a cage are normally inserted and placed in the area of the disc. These grafts fuse with the vertebrae over time.
What is the Recovery Period? How soon can the patient be up and about?
Minimally Invasive Surgery for Spine Fusion have the great advantage that the recovery period is very less to none. In most of the cases, the patients get to leave for home the same day, and are even cleared to drive. Since the surgery is minimally invasive, there is very little damage to muscles and the surrounding tissue. There is also negligible blood loss. The patient will feel the difference right from the time of getting up after the surgery.
At Navaladi Endospine Care Miini Spine Fusion Surgery has helped several people enjoy a pain free healthy lifestyle.