The introduction of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is referred to as the third patient-friendly revolution in surgery. This is due to shorter time for in-hospital treatment and the best cosmetic results. Arthroscopic surgical techniques have widely replaced open surgery especially in particular surgeries. Computer-assisted minimally invasion insertion of implants and navigation have so many new possibilities and advantageous in difficult regions of the body such as the spine and pelvis.
History of surgical care
In relation to the past history of care and surgery around the world, this idea of minimally invasive orthopaedic treatment in spine surgery has emerged with very long-term data to show its effectiveness in successfully treating a variety of spinal conditions – often reducing the danger to the patients associated with “open” surgery procedures, that are still performed and until only a few decades ago was the norm.
Not for everyone
First, it needs to be mentioned that spine surgery is not for everyone. It is not even for most patients. In fact, for the millions of Americans suffering from back pain every year, only a single percent are suitable candidates for surgery to correct any underlying condition or other issues that cause pain.
“Easy way out”
Many talk about spine surgery being the “easy way out” of back pain. Not true – and you can be assured that for those who are good candidates for minimally invasive surgery, their trip to this decision has been neither been easy nor painless. Most people who undergo surgery, it is often because of traumatic injury or condition or an underlying deformity is causing the back pain and would not be improved with more conservative treatment methods. While lifestyle changes, drug therapy, as well as exercise can be great and therapeutic to the occasional sufferer of back pain, these conservative treatment options have limitations to certain conditions of the spine. One will not be able to converse scoliosis with just taking ibuprofen, nor can a repair of a spine that is fractured be done merely with core-strengthening exercises.
Type of last resort
Treatment of many disorders or spinal conditions are normally reserved for spine surgery as the treatment of last resort used when other treatment options have failed to restore health to spine or provided relief from disability pain.