Two reasons minimally invasive surgery recovery is easierTwo reasons minimally invasive surgery recovery is easier https://phoenixspineandjoint.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/shutterstock_1128958433.jpg 1000 667 Dan Lieberman Dan Lieberman https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/b82252c2eb69eb1533c2841a0695c086?s=96&d=mm&r=g
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When you’ve been told you need spine surgery, one factor you may be concerned about is how long it will take to recover from such surgery. However, minimally invasive spine surgery recovery times tend to be much shorter than the traditional surgeries you may be familiar with. Here are two reasons minimally invasive surgeries can offer a faster recovery.
- Less soft tissue damage
Traditional surgery typically does a lot of damage to soft tissue such as muscles, tendons and ligaments. In fact, traditional procedures often involve cutting soft tissue in order to expose the operation area, which is one reason these surgeries take so long to recover from.
However, minimally invasive spine surgery recovery is often much shorter. One reason for this is surgeons who perform them use special tools to reduce soft tissue damage. Tubular retractors are used in minimally invasive surgery, and these devices move the back muscles gently aside so they don’t have to be cut. Also, surgeons use small, lighted cameras called endoscopes in these procedures. This tool allows them to view the operation site without cutting away soft tissue.
2. No hospital stay
Hospitals, where traditional surgeries are performed, are constantly being bombarded by germs, and these germs can enter your body during surgery. In turn, this can lead to serious post-surgical infections that increase recovery time.
However, minimally invasive procedures are typically done at outpatient surgery centers rather than hospitals. Since these centers are only used for surgery, they’re much less exposed to germs. This is important because it can significantly reduce your risk of post-surgical infections. Also, minimally invasive surgery often allows you to go home the same day, which means you’ll likely spend less time at the surgery center.
Find minimally invasive spine surgery at Phoenix Spine & Joint
At Phoenix Spine & Joint, our team is proud to offer several types of minimally invasive spine surgery. One reason you should consider getting a second opinion from us is the fact that we use such surgeries. The procedures we offer are designed to provide a shorter recovery time. They may also offer patients other benefits, including:
- Reduced back pain
- Lower risk of infection
- Less soft tissue damage
- Higher quality of life
Contact one of our care specialists today for more information or to schedule a free second opinion.
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