Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
If your back pain or back injury is not responding to conservative treatments (medication, physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, pain injections), you’ll want to consider a surgical solution.
We know the idea of spine surgery can be daunting. Will it be painful? How long will I be in the hospital? How long before I can resume my regular activities?
EvergreenHealth's spine surgeons are leaders in minimally invasive spine surgery, which offers a quicker recovery and a quicker return to your life, pain-free.
Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatments for the Spine
Minimally invasive spine surgery is provided for all types of spinal disorders, including:
- Degenerative diseases
- Congenital abnormalities
- Osteoporotic compression fractures
- Chronic lower back pain
- Acute lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Cervical spondylosis
- Traumatic spinal injuries
- Spinal tumors
The EvergreenHealth Minimally Invasive Difference
Many routine spinal operations patients receive today can be done via minimally invasive methods. Here at EvergreenHealth, we actively advocate for minimally invasive techniques whenever possible.
In our experience, as well as other minimally invasive centers around the world, patients show less pain, lower infection rates, get home faster, and begin their recovery sooner.
Other benefits of minimally invasive procedures include smaller incisions and less blood loss during your surgery.
EvergreenHealth is equipped with the tools, specialized instruments, and highly-skilled, spine-fellowship trained orthopedic and neurosurgeons that routinely provide minimally invasive surgery to provide the best and most up to date services for you.
Top 5 Minimally Invasive Procedures
Our most common minimally invasive procedures fall under five categories.
Click on each to learn more about the specific procedures we offer:
Lumbar Laminotomy >
Cervical Foraminotomy >
Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) >
Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF) >
What is minimally invasive surgery?
During minimally invasive surgery, surgeons use smaller incision sites over traditional or “open” surgery. This reduces damage to surrounding tissue, improves recovery time and decreases scarring.
In general, minimally invasive surgery is safer than open surgery.
How is it performed?
During minimally invasive surgery, your surgeon will make tiny incisions near the source of your pain.
Small, specialized tools will be inserted through the incisions.
Using their expertise along with the help of a high-definition monitor, your surgeon will use these specialized tools to perform your procedure.
What is the recovery time and prognosis?
Many patients return home the same day as their procedure.
If a hospital stay is required, most patients are only in the hospital for a couple of days.
After your surgery, your surgeon will schedule a follow-up appointment to find out how you are feeling, check your incision sites and determine the next steps in your treatment.
Recovery time varies by patient. Some patients return to full activity in six weeks while other patients may require more time.
It is not uncommon for some patients with sedentary jobs, such as office work, to return to work part-time in one to two weeks.
Your surgeon will let you know what you can expect after your surgery based on your individual diagnosis and treatment.
Benefits of minimally invasive surgery
Minimally invasive procedures offer a great number of benefits over traditional or open surgery and include similar, or in many cases, better results for the patient.
Additional benefits of minimally invasive procedures include:
- Smaller incisions, meaning less scarring
- Lower risk of infection
- Quicker recovery time
- Faster return to normal activities
- Less damage to surrounding tissues
- Reduced pain
- Less risk of other complications including blood transfusions
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery FAQs
The spine specialists at the EvergreenHealth Neuroscience, Spine & Orthopedic Institute have been using minimally invasive procedures to treat spine patients for many years.
If your doctor recommends a minimally invasive treatment, you may have some questions. Some of most frequently asked questions about minimally invasive surgery include:
Can all spine conditions be treated with minimally invasive surgery?
Our team at the EvergreenHealth Neuroscience, Spine & Orthopedic Institute prefers to use nonsurgical methods to treat spine conditions such as physical therapy, massage therapy, injections and acupuncture whenever possible.
When surgery is needed, our surgeons treat nine out of 10 patients using minimally invasive treatment. A very small number of cases require traditional or “open” surgery.
How long is recovery after spine surgery?
One of the benefits to minimally invasive surgery is that it offers similar or better outcomes to traditional surgery with less recovery time.
Minimally invasive procedures only require small incisions, meaning fewer complications for the patient and a faster recovery.
Many patients go home the same day as their procedures and return to normal activities within a few days to a couple of weeks after surgery.
Do all surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery?
Many surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery, however not all surgeons have the same level of training or expertise with these advanced procedures.
If you are scheduled for minimally invasive surgery, it is important to ask your surgeon questions such as:
- How many years of experience do you have with minimally invasive surgery?
- Are you board-certified and fellowship trained?
- Do you have a multi-disciplinary care team supporting you during surgery?
- Do your patients typically achieve their desired outcomes after surgery?
- What are your quality and patient safety ratings?
The surgeons at the EvergreenHealth Neuroscience, Spine & Orthopedic Institute are industry leaders in minimally invasive surgery, completing some of the country’s most prestigious fellowship programs in surgery.
In fact, our surgeons have trained other healthcare professionals from across the country on our minimally invasive techniques.
How important is advanced technology to ensuring a good outcome with minimally invasive surgery?
Technology does matter when it comes to minimally invasive surgery.
Every day, new technology is changing how minimally invasive surgery is performed. Fortunately, this is leading to less recovery time, smaller incisions and fewer complications for patients.
At the EvergreenHealth Neuroscience, Spine & Orthopedic Institute, we are pioneers in offering our patients the most advanced minimally invasive techniques.
This technology, along with the expertise of our spine specialists, offers benefits to our patients that are unmatched at other healthcare facilities.
We invite you to learn more about minimally invasive surgery at EvergreenHealth and how it is helping patients return to what they love.
Call us at 425.899.4930 and let one of our Navigators connect you with a physician who can help you get back to living with less pain