If you need to have an operation on your spine, minimally invasive surgery offers several advantages over open surgery for suitable patients. Kade Huntsman, MD, practicing in Salt Lake City, is a world-class orthopedic spine surgeon who specializes in using minimally invasive techniques, including robotic-assisted surgery. Find out more by calling Dr. Huntsman today, or book an appointment online.
Minimally invasive surgery is a method of carrying out surgical procedures without the need for large incisions traditional open surgery requires.
The initial approach to treating spine conditions is with conservative, non-surgical treatment options, such as physical therapy, medication, steroid injections, and regenerative medicine. If your condition isn’t improving with these treatments, then Dr. Huntsman might recommend surgery, using minimally invasive techniques wherever possible.
Dr. Huntsman uses minimally invasive techniques to carry out lumbar decompression surgery that releases pressure on spinal nerves, spinal fusion, and discectomy for the removal of damaged spinal disks.
Minimally invasive surgery uses small incisions through which Dr. Huntsman can pass specialized instruments to perform the procedure. This typically involves using tubular retractors, which go into the incision and hold your muscles open.
If Dr. Huntsman needs to remove material, for example, a damaged disc, then he can bring it up through the retractor as well. The number of retractors he needs to use depends on the type of surgery. He can also use an operating microscope to give him a magnified vision.
Dr. Huntsman has a clear picture of what he’s doing on a monitor screen. He uses a special kind of X-ray technology called fluoroscopy, which shows him your internal tissues and spine in detail, so he can carry out even complex procedures without needing to see your actual spine.
Once your operation is complete, Dr. Huntsman removes the retractors, and your muscles go back into their normal position.
Some minimally invasive procedures use an endoscope, which is a flexible tube that has a tiny lighted camera on its tip. The camera sends back images to a monitor for Dr. Huntsman to follow, in a similar way to fluoroscopy but using a different kind of technology.
Minimally invasive surgery has several advantages compared to open surgery, including:
It’s not possible to use minimally invasive techniques for all patients or every procedure, but Dr. Huntsman uses these methods whenever they offer the most beneficial outcomes. For many forms of minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Huntsman uses ExcelsiusGPS® advanced robotic-assisted technology.
Find out more about minimally invasive surgery and how it could help you by calling Kade Huntsman, MD, today or book an appointment online.