Minimally invasive surgery, also called endoscopic back surgery, means smaller incisions and tools are used in surgery. Specially trained surgeons use endoscopes for back surgery resulting in less pain, minimal scarring, reduction in the risk of complications, and faster recovery times than traditional open surgery.
When Endoscopic Surgery Is Your Best Treatment Option
Thanks to advances in minimally invasive surgical techniques, many operations no longer require major surgery. One of those techniques, endoscopic surgery, offers patients with back and other types of pain effective treatment without the lengthy recovery periods and potential risks of traditional surgery.
When surgeons perform endoscopic spine surgery they create small incisions near the operating site. Then, they insert tiny instruments and cameras into the incisions, performing delicate surgical operations while minimizing the effect on surrounding tissues. Doctors may use endoscopic back surgery to address herniated disc pain, ease spinal stenosis, fuse vertebrae, or repair vertebral fractures. Many patients report shorter hospital stays, less pain, fewer complications, and shorter recovery times than they experience with traditional surgery.
What to Expect
You need to know what to expect on the day of your procedure. If after carefully reviewing your case your doctor decides that endoscopic back surgery is the best option for addressing your pain, our staff will schedule your surgery as quickly as possible.
During the procedure, your surgeon will offer appropriate anesthesia to keep you comfortable during surgery. Although endoscopic surgery is less risky than traditional surgery, you’ll be monitored carefully by our doctors and staff every step of the way. Your doctor will let you know what to expect in terms of when you can go home following surgery, and you’ll need to carefully follow your doctor’s post-surgical directions.
After surgery is over, you’ll continue to meet with your Heilman Center pain specialist, who will monitor your progress and continue to personalize your treatment plan. Our clinics are easy to navigate and staffed by friendly and attentive people who are ready to support you throughout your journey.
What About Laser Spine Surgery?
At the Heilman Center, we see endoscopic spine surgery as a safer, proven, and more effective alternative to laser spine surgery. With the types of instruments used in endoscopic surgery, doctors can easily control the depth of cuts around delicate spinal nerves and tissues. Controlling incision depth with lasers is more challenging, and we’re concerned that laser spine surgery poses unnecessary risks to patients. Also, few insurance companies cover more than half the cost of laser spine surgery, making it an option that is financially out of reach for many patients.
If a surgeon presents laser spine surgery as an option for your pain, we recommend getting a second opinion from a board-certified doctor. It’s important to get beyond the advertising and learn as much as you can about the procedure before making your decision. The Heilman Center continues to offer only treatments that meet the highest standard of patient care. That’s our commitment to the patients we serve.
Treatment at the Heilman Center
Our experienced pain specialists work with you to develop personalized treatment options. We take the time to listen, to understand your pain, and to trace the root cause of your discomfort.
Latest Diagnostic and Treatment Options
In addition to providing treatment at our clinics, our pain specialists stay abreast of the latest developments in minimally invasive endoscopic surgery and different pain conditions. Many of them are researchers and teachers in their own right, preparing tomorrow’s medical professionals to deliver compassionate, effective, and comprehensive care.
Highest Standard of Care
At the Heilman Center, we focus on treatment options that are sufficiently tested and proven effective for many patients. We deliver care in a hospital setting, providing you with the full resources of a hospital but the personalized attention of a clinic setting.
No matter how complex your case, or how long the pain has been going on, our experienced and caring staff can help. Call the Heilman Center for Pain and Spine Care at 888-303-4231 to schedule your appointment with a pain specialist. Discover if endoscopic surgery can work for you.