Historically, this surgery requires a large incision to be made on the back, and muscle tissue must be removed in order to access and operate on the stenosis. Because of the volume of tissue affected by such an operation, recovery time for such a procedure used to extend for months.
However, minimally invasive techniques allow trained surgeons to perform the same procedure with only a single small ½ inch incision. A small tube is inserted and positioned without significantly impacting surrounding muscle tissue. Surgery is performed through the skillful manipulation of microsurgical tools through this access tube using a microscope..
The result is the same spinal nerve relief but with far less inflammation of surrounding tissue, making post-operative recovery substantially less painful and time-consuming for our patients. Minimally invasive procedures also show lower complication rates than conventional procedures.