Minimally invasive spine surgery is being used at a greater rate than at any previous time in history and has become an increasingly common treatment choice for spinal intervention. Over the past several years, research has demonstrated that a minimally invasive approach produces results that are as good or better than traditional open methods when chosen for particular types of procedures.
The primary advantages of a minimally invasive procedure are a reduction in cost to the patient, which is due to a decreased hospital stay, decreased risk of complications, and faster recovery time. Minimally invasive techniques continue to evolve, with several trends emerging:
Ultimately, the main driver for the increase in the frequency of minimally invasive surgery is a patient’s choice. Individuals are becoming much more consumer oriented when it comes to their personal healthcare, and are taking the time to educate themselves about their best options.
If you have a spinal injury and would like to find out about the minimally invasive treatment choices we offer, please contact us at our New Braunfels or Seguin offices.