Institute of Spinal Disorders
Orthopedic Spine Surgery & General Orthopedic Surgery located in Hurst, TX & Fort Worth, TX
With advances in surgical tools and techniques, minimally invasive surgery is an option for the treatment of most spine conditions. Robert Myles, MD, FAAOS, at the Institute of Spinal Disorders in Hurst and Fort Worth, Texas, is an experienced spine surgeon with advanced training in minimally invasive surgery. He also holds a patent for a surgical device that improves minimally invasive surgery. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A
What is minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery refers to surgical procedures that utilize innovative tools and techniques to perform surgery through small incisions. Dr. Myles uses state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques and instrumentation that decrease the recovery time for patients following spine surgery.
The surgical incisions for minimally invasive surgery are much smaller than the incisions for traditional open procedures. That means less damage to soft tissue, resulting in faster healing and a quicker recovery.
With his experience and skill, Dr. Myles treats many spine conditions using minimally invasive techniques that were once only treatable with traditional open procedures.
What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?
Many people may delay spine surgery because of the prolonged recovery time. Minimally invasive surgery offers many benefits that might convince you not to wait.
Benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:
- Smaller incisions and smaller scars
- Minimal damage to tissue and muscle
- Less blood loss
- Decrease in post-operative pain
- Faster recovery
- Quicker return to normal activities
Minimally invasive surgery may allow you to take back your back. If you have severe back pain and want to know more about minimally invasive surgery, schedule a consultation at the Institute of Spinal Disorders. Dr. Myles also offers second opinions.
What are the types of minimally invasive surgery?
Dr. Myles uses many innovative tools and techniques to perform minimally invasive surgery.
Small open incisions
When performing a minimally invasive laminectomy or spinal fusion, Dr. Myles may use small incisions and a tubular retractor to keep soft tissue out of the way.
He inserts an endoscope, a thin tube with a light and camera, through one of the small incisions that projects an internal view of your spine onto a monitor. Through additional small incisions and special surgical tools, he performs the necessary procedure.
During a percutaneous minimally invasive procedure, Dr. Myles inserts a needle through your skin to gain access to your spine to perform the necessary surgery.
He uses the percutaneous technique to perform discectomy, laminectomy, foraminotomy, laminotomy, and screw placement.
What can I expect during recovery from minimally invasive surgery?
Recovery following minimally invasive surgery for your spine depends on your underlying back problem, the type of procedure performed, and your overall health. Following your procedure, you may need to spend a few days in the hospital.
Total recovery time may take a few weeks or a few months. Dr. Myles refers you to the on-site rehab and physical therapy team to support healing and recovery.
Find out more about minimally invasive surgery at the Institute of Spinal Disorders by calling the office or scheduling a consultation online today.