Minimally Invasive Surgery
Historically, orthopedic surgery meant a long wait to schedule a procedure, several days of hospital recovery, and a sizable medical bill. The development of minimally invasive procedures – many performed in outpatient surgical centers like our Vadnais Heights surgery center – has improved quality of care, surgical recovery, patient safety, and surgical outcomes.
What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgical procedures provide a number of advantages over traditional surgeries. Benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery include:
- Smaller incisions
- Less damage to surrounding tissue
- Less blood loss
- Less scarring
- Less postoperative pain
- Faster recovery – as little as two weeks for some procedures
- Better long-term outcomes for patients
Minimally invasive approaches can be used for many types of spine surgery, including:
Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive spine expertise
Summit’s spine care team is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for the comprehensive expertise of our patient-centered care. Our back specialists diagnose spine problems and design custom treatment plans built on a conservative, nonsurgical approach. Most patients find relief through treatments including guided injections, specialized physical therapy, biofeedback, exercise, activity modification, and medication. When conservative care does not relieve symptoms, our highly skilled surgeons offer proven, evidence-based surgical options. Together with you, we will determine the right course of action.
Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.
More resources for you
- Visit our Spine Exercise Library for options to help ease neck and back pain
- See Summit’s treatment options for neck, back, and spine care
- Check out additional information on Summit’s approach to spine care
Dr. Wahlquist explains the distinction between “minimal access surgery” and “minimally invasive surgery.”
There’s cachet in describing surgical techniques as “minimally invasive.” But what does this phrase really mean? Spine surgeon Dr. David Strothman describes how the benefits of this surgical approach can vary with the surgeon performing it.
The prospect of spine surgery is unsettling for any patient. Dr. Santos explains the surgical approaches used to correct back problems, and discusses the considerations that come into play when evaluating a traditional versus a minimally invasive surgical approach.