Least-Invasive Spine Procedures
Least-Invasive Spine is an emerging philosophy that bridges the gap between pain management and spinal surgery. Our goal at the Spine Institute of North America is to treat our patients with less-invasive procedures before ever considering traditional or minimally invasive spine surgery (MIS). Often, patients who fail to achieve adequate relief from pain management are referred to surgery. Spinal surgery should be the last resort to provide pain relief. This is due to the recovery time involved as well as failure rates.
Improved interventional spine techniques and technology have allowed for even less-invasive options to treat common painful spine conditions. Endoscopic procedures, in which a small camera is inserted to visualize the spine structures, help relieve pain and reduce the collateral damage and tissue disruption that MIS and traditional spine surgery can cause.
Our Least-Invasive Procedures are an excellent alternative to spinal fusion. In fact, for select patients, our least-invasive procedures are as effective as traditional spinal surgery in reducing painful conditions. By avoiding traditional surgery, we can preserve natural anatomy with less trauma to the muscles supporting the spine. In addition, our least-invasive procedures have faster recovery times, which allows our patients to return to work and life sooner. Our physicians are experts who listen, diagnose, and provide tailored solutions for patients suffering from pain utilizing an industry leading range of non-surgical, clinically proven treatment options.
Management of pain from the neck to the back depends on the patient’s history as well as the severity and type of pain from which they suffer. Most spine-related pain gets better within six weeks without the need for further intervention. Medication, physical therapy, and chiropractics are standard first-line treatment. If pain persists or gets worse after six weeks, more involved diagnostic workups, including injections and interventional procedures, can be helpful.
Advantages of Least-Invasive Spine Procedures
- Reduces dependency on pain medications
- Restores function
- Reduces or alleviates pain
- Returns people to work and play
- Non-surgical procedure
At the Spine Institute of North America, We Offer The Following Least-Invasive Procedures:
Endoscopic Discectomy – The innovative and least-invasive way to treat herniated, bulging, protruded, and extruded discs. Under direct visualization, the physician uses the endoscope and a camera to decompress the disc, relieving the pressure on the affected spinal nerve.
Endoscopic Foraminalplasty – This procedure treats degenerative disc disease, foraminal stenosis, and facet disease. The endoscopic technique uses ronguers, reamers, and small, motorized burrs to selectively take some bone in order to enlarge the foramen thus decompressing and freeing up the nerves.
Endoscopic Rhizotomy – This procedure treats patients suffering from chronic low back pain and spasms. Patients who have received some temporary relief from percutaneous medial branch rhizotomy are good candidates for endoscopic rhizotomy.
Neuromodulation – This refers to therapies that use spinal cord stimulation, which sends an electrical pulse through the spinal cord to the affected or damaged nerve that is causing pain. The small device uses a generator to send these pulses to interfere with nerve impulses that allow you to feel pain.
Regenerative Medicine – A group of therapies aimed at manipulating the body’s natural ability to repair or replace damaged tissue. This is all done in order to avoid having surgery to repair the problem. The basic theory is by injecting a substance at the location of injury and creating inflammation, new cellular growth will help fix the injury.