Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Specialist

CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine -  - Neurosurgery

CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine

Neurosurgery located in Greenwood Village, CO & Englewood, CO

While conservative therapy is often desired, surgical repair is the best or only way to get relief from painful neck and back conditions. When you face this decision, it’s time to talk with the experts at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine about minimally invasive spine surgery. They have extensive experience performing minimally invasive surgery, which causes less pain and lets you recover more quickly. Don’t wait to schedule your consultation. Call one of the offices in Colorado, including Lone Tree, Englewood, Castle Rock, Denver, Wheat Ridge, Colorado Springs, Parker, Yuma, and Lamar.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive spine surgery?

Minimally invasive spine surgery refers to performing your spine procedure using a small incision and specialized instruments that fit through the narrow opening. Your provider at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine also spares your muscles.

Instead of cutting through the muscles, your provider inserts a tubular retractor through the muscle fibers. The retractor gradually separates the fibers until they have an opening large enough to accommodate the narrow surgical tools.

During a minimally invasive procedure, your provider might use an endoscope to visualize your spine. They may also use today’s most innovative technology, the xvision™ Spine System by Autmedics.

How does xvision work during minimally invasive spine surgery?

The xvision augmented reality system allows your surgeon to see your spine’s anatomy in 3D as if they have X-ray vision. Your surgeon wears a headset that shows your spine and the surgical instruments in real-time, allowing them to perform more precise surgery.

When might I need minimally invasive spine surgery?

The team at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine may recommend minimally invasive spine surgery for conditions such as:

  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Compressed nerves
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Compression fractures
  • Spinal tumors and infections

If you have any of these conditions and your symptoms fail to improve, you should consider talking with the team about your surgical options. 

What procedures might I receive with minimally invasive spine surgery?

The team at CarePoint Neurosurgery can do most spine surgeries using minimally invasive techniques. A few examples of the procedures you might receive include:

  • Lumbar microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar fusion
  • Spinal deformity surgery
  • Cervical fusion
  • Anterior cervical discectomy
  • Disc replacement
  • Cervical and lumbar decompression

These procedures ease your back or neck pain and restore spine stability through different techniques. For example, they may decompress pinched nerves, remove damaged discs and fuse the vertebrae, or replace a damaged disc with an artificial disc. 

What are the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery causes significantly less trauma compared to open surgery. As a result, you have: 

  • A shorter recovery period
  • A faster return to daily activities
  • Less pain after surgery
  • Lower risk of bleeding during surgery
  • Lower risk of complications
  • Minimal scarring

In some cases, minimally invasive techniques allow you to have outpatient surgery, so you can avoid an extended stay in the hospital.

To learn if your back or neck pain may improve with minimally invasive surgery, call CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine to schedule an appointment.