Non-Invasive Back Surgery
In recent years, the improvements in the field of medical science and surgery have paved the way for non-invasive back surgery. Less than a decade ago, that phrase would have been considered an oxymoron; after all, surgery and “non-invasive” are not words you’d expect to find in one sentence. Today, non-invasive back surgery is becoming commonplace in many operating rooms all around the world and the procedure enjoys even better success and recovery rates than conventional procedures.
So what is non-invasive back surgery and when should one consider getting the procedure to relieve recurring back pain?
Well, first, non-invasive back-surgery is not “non-invasive” per se. The really procedure can be more accurately described as minimally invasive because, as already mentioned, surgery will almost always be an invasive procedure regardless of the method used. Still, the developments in surgery using lasers and fiber-optic imaging systems has lessened the risk levels of back surgery enough that they are now widely considered non-invasive.
The procedure requires the surgeon to cut into the patient’s back using lasers. The resulting cut is about an inch in length which is sufficient to correct the underlying root cause of the recurring back pain. Contrast this with “open back” surgery a decade or so ago where patients have no choice but to have the surgeon cut a massive incision into the back to expose the structures before the appropriate treatments can be done.
To make non-invasive back surgery procedures successful, ultra-precise imaging techniques are required to pin down the cause of the back pain. MRIs, CAT scans, and X-rays are all used to diagnose the condition, isolating the problem areas so a surgical plan can be devised to address the problem. Getting a comprehensive picture of the back allows doctors to cut exactly above the problem area to limit the size of the incision as small as possible while still successfully treating the cause of the back pain.
One should consider having this procedure if they experience recurring back pain that doesn’t go away despite non-invasive treatments. Often, rest and physical therapy combined with chiropractic techniques are enough to cure the back pain. If not, that’s when surgery should be considered. Moreover, minimally invasive procedures should be considered first unless there are specific reasons where more invasive procedures are going to be used. This lowers the amount of risk and complications that the patient is subjected to so that the chances of success are high without inviting any untoward and unexpected damage to the delicate nerve and muscle structures of the back area.
Once done, a patient should be able to leave the hospital within 2 to 3 days and even resume working in 2 to 3 weeks. For more complicated procedures like spinal fusion, 6 weeks is a workable target for getting back to work. That amounts to less than half the time needed for recovery than if one were to undergo more invasive procedures.
All in all, non-invasive back surgery is a major boon for patients suffering from recurring back pain. It guarantees lower risks and speedier recovery without sacrificing the effectiveness of the procedure. It’s one thing to be happy about, all things considered – and particularly after a harrowing experience with recurring back pain that just doesn’t go away with any other treatment procedure.