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Minimally invasive spine surgery aims to achieve the same goals as traditional “open” back surgery but with smaller incisions and faster recovery times.


What Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

Minimally invasive spine surgery refers to any minimally invasive surgical procedure that specifically focuses on the spine through smaller incisions than traditional “open” back surgery. During these minimally invasive procedures a very small incision of one inch or less is made to selected areas of the body depending on the technique being used to access the spine.

Unlike traditional “open” back surgery, which requires larger incisions of 6 inches or more and cuts through muscle to reach the spine, the minimally invasive approach causes less trauma to the major back muscles and allows for faster recovery for the patient. Minimally invasive spine surgery can treat many spine conditions, including degenerative disc disease, herniated and fractured discs, spinal instability, and deformity.  

Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Right For Me?

Patients with persistent back, neck, or leg pain who have not found relief from more conservative, nonsurgical methods, such as physical therapy, medications, and spinal injections should talk to Dr. Bruggeman about minimally invasive spine surgery options offered through Texas Spine Care Center. 

Depending on your type of spine condition and medical history, minimally invasive spine surgery provide pain relief and restored mobility with faster recovery times compared to traditional “open” back surgery. Additionally, in many cases, minimally invasive surgical procedures typically requires no hospital stay and a decreased risk of postoperative complications.

Am I a Candidate for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

If your back, neck, arm, shoulder or leg pain has not been alleviated through conservative measures, consult with Dr. Bruggeman to see if there is a minimally invasive spine surgery option that would be the right treatment for your unique case. 

Minimally invasive procedures often considered a possibility even for patients who had previously been deemed high-risk for traditional surgery, but a full evaluation and diagnosis with Dr. Bruggeman will provide the best course of action for pain relief.


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