Spine patients facing surgery view their future in two aspects: will my life be better long-term and what will the immediate aftermath of my surgery be like – pain, lengthy recovery, rehabilitation?
With minimally invasive Lateral Access Spine Surgery, a patient’s short-term outlook can be as positive as their favorable long-term outlook.
“In traditional spine surgery, the surgeon makes a five to six inch incision and pulls or retracts the muscles aside to reach the surgical site,” says McLeod Spine Surgeon Rakesh Chokshi, MD. “Using Lateral Access Spine Surgery, the incision is less than one inch and there’s no need to stretch or damage muscles.”
MANY PATIENT BENEFITS
Traditionally, the incision for a spine surgery was done from the back. Lateral Access means the surgical incision is made from the patient’s side. Patient benefits resulting from Lateral Access Surgery include:
Two of the most common conditions for which spine surgeons use this minimally invasive technique include:
Lateral Access Surgery is one of several minimally invasive spine techniques. Spine surgery will be recommended only after nonsurgical treatments – such as medication, physical therapy and lifestyle modification — fail to bring you relief. Lateral Access Surgery may not be the best type of surgery for all patients. Talk to your spine surgeon about the option that will deliver the best short and long-term results for your life.
Sources include: McLeod Health, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, International Journal of Spine Surgery