Patients who are facing spine surgery now have more options for outpatient surgery than in previous years. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and ORA Spine Surgeon, Dr. Michael Berry, minimally invasive techniques mean faster and healthier outcomes for a wider range of spine procedures.
Listen to Dr. Berry explain the benefits of outpatient spine surgery and what conditions are most treated at ORA’s Crow Valley Surgery Center.
Many problems with the spine can be handled with less-invasive techniques says Dr. Berry, who has performed about 50 outpatient spine procedures at the Crow Valley Surgery Center. “Better knowledge of the spine means we are now able to expose only the section of the spine we are treating, so as not to disrupt or destroy surrounding tissue characteristic of the larger open-incision back surgeries of the past.
“Today, the focus has really changed to much smaller incisions for such conditions as disc herniations or pressure on the nerve in the lower back where pain radiates through the leg.
“Now, we just need expose the small portion of the spine we want to treat, with the majority of surrounding muscles and ligaments remain intact. This allows patients to not only get pain relief but recover more quickly with less scarring.”