Minimally invasive microsurgery utilizes the latest technologies and systems to perform surgical procedures. Conditions that typically respond well to microsurgery include herniated discs (usually caused by a pinched nerve) and spinal stenosis (usually caused by degeneration and arthritis in the spine), among others.
One example of minimally invasive microsurgery includes lumbar spinal fusion. This procedure involves fusing together two vertebrae in order to improve the spine’s stability following an injury or the progression of spinal disc degeneration. After removing discs that are damaged, the microsurgical procedure is completed by the placement of bone grafts around the spine, which join the vertebrae together during the healing process that occurs later.
Compared to traditionally surgical measures, minimally invasive microsurgery uses small incisions rather than large ones. Once the small incision is made, surgical instruments such as thin tubes with an attached camera are placed to assist with the procedure and help guide the surgeon through the process. At Orange County Pain Clinics, we utilize the METRx system for minimally invasive procedures. This system of dilators and tubing gradually separates muscle fibers and tissue with the consistent placement of tubing, rather than making one drastic cut through tissue that is difficult to heal.
Minimally invasive methods, like those that use the METRx system, do not disturb normal tissue, and as a result, involve less recovery time and less pain than traditional surgery. Microsurgery is also more cost-efficient, and can be performed as an outpatient procedure.
At Orange County Pain Clinics, we strive to avoid having to replace one type of pain with another – the kind that occurs after invasive surgery is performed. Instead, we like to see our patients back on their feet and living a life free of pain without having to sacrifice a large amount of healing time.