4 Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery is an excellent option for chronic pain patients considering surgical treatment. Not only does it improve the patient experience, but it allows for a swift recovery. Open surgery may require several weeks’ recovery time, while minimally invasive procedures can require as little as a few days.

It may seem questionable to some, but surgeons have been performing the procedure for nearly three decades. In 1988, Dr. J. Barry McKernan performed the first operation using a 10-millimeter incision, a tiny camera, and several specially-designed tools. Since then, technology has improved allowing surgeons to perfect the procedure and make it safer for patients.

How Does it Work?

Minimally invasive procedures involve an incision just millimeters long. Through this incision, surgeons perform all surgical work. They use state-of-the-art equipment that is specifically designed to operate while causing little to no collateral damage.

To perform the procedure, the surgeon may make several minuscule incisions to insert various instruments into the area. He or she then inserts small tubes through these incisions to house the multiple tools needed to perform the procedure. One device is a small camera known as a laparoscope or endoscope. With this camera, the surgeon may view the area and conduct the entire procedure using incisions less than an inch in length. Single-Site Laparoscopies only involve one incision and use all the same instruments as a standard minimally-invasive surgery.

Why is it Beneficial?

There are many benefits of minimally invasive procedures including:

  • Less scarring: Since incisions are typically less than one inch in length, scarring is much less noticeable than traditional surgical scars.
  • Less blood loss: One of the dangers of traditional surgery is the risk of shock. Minimally invasive procedures involve small incisions, meaning that fewer blood vessels are cut, thus reducing the chances of blood loss causing shock.
  • Less tissue trauma: Traditional open surgery involves a substantial amount of collateral damage to the surrounding muscle tissue. This can lengthen recovery time and also increase post-surgery pain. Minimally invasive procedures focus on a centralized location, minimizing tissue damage.
  • Lower risk of infection:s Any surgery brings a possibility for surgical site infections; however, the risk of infection with minimally invasive surgery is far smaller than that of open surgical procedures. In fact, patients who undergo minimally invasive procedures are six times less likely to develop an infection than those who undergo traditional open surgery.

Over 20 million Americans have experienced the benefits of minimally invasive procedures. Speak to a spine expert to determine if you are a candidate for this incredible advancement in modern medicine. Marc Cohen of Marc Cohen Spine Institute specializes in minimally invasive procedures and has experience working with individuals of the New Jersey area to resolve their chronic pain issues. Contact the Spine Institute at one of our many locations to schedule your appointment today.