In the past, back surgery was always a long, risky procedure involving a long incision to open up the back, allowing the surgeon to access the spine. The surgeon would have to work through layers of muscle and tissue, and the patient needed to be under general anesthesia. Recovery time after a traditional back surgery could be very long. Nowadays, however, there is a much less invasive method available which has a variety of advantages over traditional open-back surgery. Endoscopic spine surgery in Valencia, performed by expert spine surgeon Dr. Todd Gravori, has many benefits to the patient.
Endoscopic spine surgery involves the use of a highly advanced endoscope inserted through a small incision to allow the surgeon a clear view of the affected area of the spine in order to operate precisely and efficiently. This small incision can often be only the size of a dime, which leads to much less scarring on the back. Some patients may feel self-conscious about large scars, but endoscopic spine surgery in Valencia at ProMed SPINE results in much less noticeable scars.
Less Recovery Time and Post-Operative Pain
When performing endoscopic spine surgery, a skilled surgeon doesn’t have to cut through muscle to get to the spine, and the incision is very small. This results in less post-operative pain for the patient, as there is less of an area which needs to heal. Recovery time following endoscopic spine surgery is also significantly reduced. Often, patients are able to return home the same day as the surgery!
Recovery time following an endoscopic spine surgery procedure will depend on a variety of factors, including the type and extent of surgery and factors such as if the patient is in general good health. Some surgeries will require a couple months of limited activities, while others will allow the patient to return to work within just a few weeks. Patients who don’t smoke and who lead a healthy lifestyle will be better able to cope with the recovery and their recuperation time may also be reduced.
Less Risk of Infection
Minimally invasive endoscopic spine surgery in Valencia has a much smaller risk of infection and complication than standard open-back spine surgery, due to the smaller incision size and smaller area operated on. The more contained a surgery is, the less of a risk of infection there is, as there is less area for bacteria to infect. Complications are also minimized, as less muscle and tissue is affected.
Hospital time is also significantly reduced, as patients don’t need to stay in the hospital for a long period of time. The surgery can usually be performed in just hours, and patients generally don’t need to stay overnight in the hospital. Surgery on an outpatient basis is much more convenient for patients, as they don’t need to make room in their lives for a lengthy hospital stay.
Schedule an Endoscopic Spine Surgery in Valencia Consultation Today
If you have spinal problems that haven’t been satisfactorily resolved by conservative treatments, you may be a candidate for endoscopic spine surgery. To find out more about what conditions endoscopic spine surgery can treat and if it may be right for you, contact Dr. Gravori at ProMed SPINE to schedule a spine surgery consultation by calling 888.75.SPINE.