Minimally Invasive Fusion Surgery Performed by Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeons in Houston, TX
Spinal fusion surgery can add support and stability to a weakened spinal column. There are two main approaches to this type of surgery: minimally invasive and traditional. When fusion surgery is appropriate, the minimally invasive approach offers several benefits over the traditional approach, including a smaller incision, less disruption to surrounding muscles and tissues, a lower risk of complications, a faster recovery and minimal scarring.
What can cause the spine to weaken and become unstable?
Certain medical conditions can allow excessive vertebral movement, which can stretch and weaken the surrounding muscles, ligaments and nerves, sometimes causing pain and instability. For instance, spinal osteoarthritis can cause the cartilage in the spinal facet joints to break down and wear away, leading to painful bone-on-bone contact. Other examples include:
- Degenerative disc disease
- A lumbar herniated disc
- Spinal stenosis
- Adult scoliosis
- A vertebral fracture
- A spinal infection
- A spinal tumor
What are the treatment options for spinal instability?
Excessive vertebral movement can cause significant back pain and other uncomfortable symptoms. Before recommending spinal fusion surgery to address these issues, however, many physicians advise their patients to try conservative treatments, such as medications and physical therapy, which can sometimes be very effective. In general, if nonsurgical treatment does not provide meaningful symptom relief within several months, surgery may be considered. For instance, a spinal fusion procedure can relieve pain by reducing vertebral movement, but this type of surgery is not effective or appropriate for treating all types of back pain.
If you’ve been advised to consider spine surgery, be sure to explore all of your options – which may include minimally invasive fusion surgery – before making any final decisions. Recent advances in surgical technology and instrumentation have increased the ever-growing benefits of minimally invasive spinal fusion. To learn more, schedule an appointment with a spine specialist at Advanced Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine of Houston, TX, who can evaluate your diagnosis and help you determine if this treatment approach is right for you.
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What Our Patients Are Saying
When I started, I couldn’t put any weight on my right leg and now I can do virtually anything. While I hope to not need future therapy, this is without a doubt the place I will return to in the future.
I had Back surgery October 1st with fusion. My surgeon was Dr. M Cubbage and my experience I feel could not be any more satisfied with my surgery.
Doctor Brooks is the best. His advice to get lubricant injected into my knees has made my life so much better. Kudos!
Dr. Patel is a very good Pain Management Doctor. She is one of my favorite doctors.
Everyone here is so professional and kind. Everything was explained to me so that could understand what had to be done.
Dr. Ryan Blalock is AMAZING! He went above and beyond to fix my 8 year old son’s severely broken arm with emergency surgery.
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All the staff performed in a professional manner.All of my questions and concerned where explained to me so i could understand them. Great job all around. Thanks
The surgery done by Dr. S. Patel (Actually injections) & the mild medications she has prescribed has surely made my lower back -hip-leg less painful.
I was at your office yesterday saw Dr Mack & Dr Brooks I had a great visit with them. My right knee feels GREAT! today.