Laparoscopic Back Surgery
Laparoscopic Back Surgery Information
Back related problems are a concern of anyone who suffers from this frustrating ailment, especially when there is a lot of pain involved. While slight back pain can be remedied by normal over-the-counter pain-relieving medication and some rest, chronic back pain and and worse can warrant a trip to your local physician. Once your doctor has examined you, they may recommend a consultation with a spine specialist who will then explore the different options available to ease your suffering. One of the common surgical methods for easing back pain and other back problems is laparoscopic back surgery.
Because of the risks involved, any form of surgery is normally recommended after all other possible means for remedying the problem have been exhausted. Therefore, laparoscopic bask surgery would only be considered as a viable option once all other conventional non-surgical means have been exhausted.
Because in terms of medical procedures it is relatively new, many people are unaware of the minimally invasive procedure that laparoscopic bask surgery is. In fact, most people think it is similar to traditional back surgery where the surgeon operates from a posterior approach i.e. opening a large incision in the back.
However, laparoscopic back surgery involves the surgeon operating on the spine from the front. Instead of making an incision through the muscles in the back, the surgeon operates through the abdomen. The whole concept of the frontal approach to correct back problems has been around for decades. However, the practice has been largely limited to correcting difficult back problems and was commonly used due to the need for a large incision which could not be as easily done through the back.
Laparoscopic back surgery is minimally invasive meaning, that the surgeons are now able to correct complex back problems with small incisions unlike traditional back surgery. In fact, the incision holes are more like small puncture holes through which a small lighted camera is inserted. Through this camara, the surgeon is able to get a good view of the spine.
Specialized surgical instruments are also inserted through other very small incisions and with the help of the camara, the surgeon is able to correct the problem much faster and without leaving much scarring damage to the patient.
Laparoscopic back surgery is much preferred to traditional back surgery as it avoids long term pain by not having to cut through the muscles and tissues in the back which is the common procedure with traditional surgery. Moreover, unlike traditional back surgery, the probability of producing internal scar tissue is highly reduced and consequently the chances of such tissue exerting any pressure on adjacent nerves and causing more pain is drastically reduced as well.
So the benefits of laparoscopic back surgery are that the small incisions cause minimal blood loss, there is less post-operative pain and a faster recovery time for the patient. Moreover, with this procedure discharge time from the hospital can be very short.