What Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and What Are The Benefits?

Understanding Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Dr. Virella is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, which defines Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MIS) as:

“MIS was developed to treat disorders of the spine with less disruption to the muscles. This can result in quicker recovery, decrease operative blood loss, and speed patient return to normal function.”

At Virella Neurosurgery, only 10% of new patients seen by board certified spine surgeon, Dr. Anthony Virella will require surgery. However, when surgery is required for patients suffering from back pain caused by spine and back conditions including degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spinal instability, compression fractures, scoliosis, or even spinal infections; Dr. Virella employs minimally invasive surgical techniques. Additional spine surgeries that Dr. Virella is able to perform as minimally invasive spine surgery include microdiscectomy, laminectomy, foraminotomy, and fusions.

Minimally invasive spine surgeries may be performed at one of the many hospitals and surgical centers that Dr. Virella is associated with in Southern California including Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, CA; Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital, Thousand Oaks, CA; Town Center Surgery in Valencia, CA; Temple Community Hospital in Los Angeles, CA; Simi Valley Hospital, in Simi Valley, CA, and Mission Community Hospital in Panorama City, CA.

What Are The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeries?
Minimally invasive spine surgeries require tiny incisions, and the use of highly specialized small surgical instruments, to alleviate back and spine pain. Your surgery may require no more than a Band-Aid sized bandage during the healing process.

In addition to expediting the recovery time from spine or back surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery reduces the likelihood of infection and drastically reduces scarring and subsequent development of scar tissue. Patients recover with less pain thus requiring less pain medication during the recovery period. Moreover, most minimally invasive spine surgeries performed by Dr. Virella allow for patients to return home the same day. In some cases, the surgery is even performed as an outpatient procedure.

For more information about minimally invasive spine surgery, and additional information on spine conditions treated using these sophisticated surgery techniques, we recommend you visit the American Association of Neurological Surgeon’s “Patient Information.”

Feel free to read much more about Dr. Virella’s success with Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeries in Southern California here. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Virella at one of our three convenient locations in Valencia, Simi Valley, or Westlake Village, please call 805.449.0088.