Minimally invasive spinal procedures

What are minimally invasive spinal procedures?

Minimally invasive spinal procedures refer to surgical procedures on your spine that use very small incisions, rather than one large incision, to perform the operation using specialised instruments. By using several small incisions, the patient experiences less discomfort and pain, and also has a much faster recovery time. Minimally invasive spinal procedures treat issues such as herniated discs, sciatica, fractures caused by osteoporosis, and various causes of pain to the neck, back, lower back, or arms.

What does this involve?

When performing minimally invasive spinal procedures, several small incisions are made to access the spine using specialised instruments to perform the procedure necessary to treat your specific problem or condition. Not all patients and issues are suitable to receive minimally invasive procedures, but your consultants should discuss this with you and offer advice on what is best for you.

When will I recover?

Recovery time for minimally invasive spinal procedures is much shorter than large incision, known as open surgery, procedures. You should be able to return home within a few days, and you may only require a few months of work to rest, rather than up to a year. You will be left with several small scars and these should heal and subside faster than a large incision scar.