Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) in the spine, like MIS procedures in other specialties, has proved to be extremely beneficial to patients. Over time, surgical techniques have evolved to become less invasive. Using smaller incisions means that the surrounding soft tissue isn’t subjected to the trauma of long periods of retraction. Patients who undergo MIS procedures typically have shorter hospital stays, require less pain medication, and return to daily activities sooner. OsteoMed Spine is committed to creating next generation spinal implants that help improve patient outcomes using minimally disruptive approaches.
Shorter Recovery Time: When minimally invasive techniques are used to perform spinal surgeries, the recovery time is much shorter than when traditional techniques are used. The average hospital stay with minimally disruptive approaches is only two or three days, rather than the average five or six days that are required with most traditional approaches.
Less Pain: These techniques also offer the advantage of patients experiencing less pain during the recovery process after surgery. This often is due to the decreased risk to muscle-related injury and the smaller incision sites.
Smaller Incisions: With minimally invasive lumbar fusion, surgeons make small incisions often aided by microscopes or endoscopic visualization. The inside view of the patient’s body is then projected onto a monitor in the operating room. Because the incisions are very small – often ranging from half an inch to 2 inches – this has the advantage of leaving only tiny scars rather than one large scar. Not only do these smaller incisions do less damage to the surrounding soft tissue, they also heal faster than a large incision.
Minimally invasive fixation systems, such as the PrimaLOK FF, provide surgeons and patients a variety of treatment options that may lead to reduced hospital stays, a decrease in the use of pain medications, and the ability to resume daily activities sooner than if they were to undergo a traditional pedicle screw fixation.
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