Is Minimally Invasive Surgery a Good Option for My Back Pain?

February 6, 2023

Would Minimally Invasive Surgery Be A Good Option For My Back Pain?

Surgery can be a scary experience. Spinal injury, in specific, can evoke fear because the backbones and muscles control almost all body movements. It should never be taken lightly and should not be your first option. Research shows that about 10% of people experiencing back pain require surgery. There are many options you should first explore before settling on surgery. Exercise, medication, and physical therapy should be one of the first things you look at. However, there are some cases where these options do not work. 

In such cases, surgery would be the best option. However, you do not have to undergo open surgery for your back pain today. Minimally invasive surgery could be the perfect solution. But first, you need to determine if you are a candidate for this type of surgery. With Dr. Juris Shibayama, a back doctor, you can schedule a virtual visit and learn all you need about the surgery.

Our team will examine your medical history and age before determining if you are a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery. Certain elderly people may not be able to go through the procedure. As we age, our healing factor reduces, especially with pre-existing conditions. If you are not elderly, we will still look at your medical history to determine if any pre-existing conditions put you at a higher risk of infection after a non-invasive surgery, regardless of age.

What Is Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery has revolutionized and changed the medical field and how surgeons approach surgery. In the past, the surgeon would have to open up the surgical site so they could visually see the area with their eyes. This is often a significant cut, so they can have enough room to work with. As a result, open surgery is often an expensive and painful procedure.

On the other hand, minimally invasive surgery only requires small incisions. The surgeon will use a microscope or specialized small medical cameras. These cameras allow for a 3D view, which is displayed through a microscope or a larger screen. The camera’s ability to zoom in provides for a clear picture, better than what the surgeon would have been able to see with their naked eyes. Specialized surgical equipment is then threaded through the incisions allowing the doctor to work. 

Advantages Of Minimally Invasive Surgery

It is not uncommon in the past for people to avoid surgery even when they are in great need of it. Minimally invasive surgery has helped reduce the stigma around such procedures. So how has this medical revelation helped?

Faster recovery time: Since non-invasive surgery only requires small incisions, you can heal from the procedure much more quickly. Many people can go home the same day they receive the procedure. This also means you can return to your daily routine and activities faster. 

Less Prostate pain: Prostate pain can be caused by many things after open surgery. Due to the big cuts during open surgery, you may experience inflammation, bleeding, blood clots, nerve damage, and infection, which can lead to prostate pain. But since non-invasive surgery only requires small incisions, the possibilities of such side effects are reduced, leading to less prostate pain. 

Better precision: As we have mentioned earlier, minimally invasive surgery uses specialized equipment, which is more accurate. The camera allows for a 3D view which can be zoomed in for better precision during operation. There are fewer chances of the surgeon interfering with any other body part since the incisions are small and directed to the surgical site. 

Minimal collateral damage: With better precision, there are fewer chances of damaging adjacent tissues. You will experience less pain and quicker recovery with less damage around the surgical site. 

Less blood loss: As you can imagine, with open surgery, there is bound to be blood loss, increasing the risks of side effects and additional medical needs. Few cases of people needing a blood transfusion after non-invasive surgery raise the procedure’s success rate. 

Less pain medication: Since the product requires less inversion and no open wound, you will need less pain medication. There are many side effects of pain medication, including interference with the treatment of pre-existing conditions, they can be addictive, and many of these drugs can be expensive. Minimally invasive surgery is a solution that does not require a lot of medication, making it ideal for many people. 

Less risk of infection: Because of the risk of infection with open surgery, you may need several checkups by the doctor, which can be expensive and time-consuming. Due to the tiny openings made in non-invasive surgery, there is less surface area to foster an infection. 

Conditions Minimally Invasive Surgery Can Help With

There are many reasons why you may be experiencing back pain. For example, you may have disc damage and damaged nerves. Minimally invasive surgery may be helpful in many of these conditions, including:

  • Muscular strains or sprains: Overuse or injury to the back muscles, ligaments, or tendons can cause pain and inflammation.
  • Herniated discs: A herniated disc occurs when the soft, gel-like center of a disc bulges out of its outer ring. This can put pressure on the nerves in the back and cause pain.
  • Spinal stenosis: A condition in which the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord and nerves.
  • Osteoarthritis: A degenerative condition that affects the joints in the spine, causing pain and stiffness.
  • Scoliosis: A condition in which the spine is curved to one side, which can cause uneven pressure on the joints and muscles and lead to pain.
  • Fibromyalgia: A chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in specific areas.
  • Sciatica: Pain that radiates down the leg caused by sciatic nerve compression.
  • Poor posture: Sitting or standing in the same position for long periods of time or poor posture can cause muscle strain and back pain.
  • Stress and anxiety: Stress and anxiety can cause muscle tension and lead to back pain.

How To Prepare For Non-Invasive Surgery

Like any medical procedure, you should prepare for minimally invasive surgery. Many experts recommend you stop smoking; many medications and therapies could help you. You are also encouraged to do regular exercising as it helps speed up recovery. If you want to learn more about minimally invasive surgery and how to prepare for it, visit this link: 


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In Short Words

Dr. Juris Shibayama is an orthopedic surgeon in Smyrna, Tennessee and is affiliated TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine. He did his orthopedic residency training at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL. He then completed a one year fellowship dedicated exclusively to spine surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. He has been in practice 13 years.

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