Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery
Minimally invasive surgical techniques … less tissue damage, faster recovery
Certain neurological conditions of the brain and spine are best handled surgically, and at Southwest General, we are making great progress in the use of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) to help our patients achieve improved outcomes.
Smaller Surgical incisions
MIS requires only a few small incisions, usually less than an inch in length. The surgeon inserts small, specially designed instruments through the incisions to perform the operation. One of these instruments—called an endoscope—has a miniature video camera on the end of it. The surgeon guides the camera directly to the problem area. During the operation, the camera projects detailed images onto a large video screen, allowing the surgeon see the treatment area without having to cut and/or retract (move or stretch) muscles.
In contrast, traditional “open” surgery requires a large incision—usually several inches long—which damages muscles and surrounding tissue, resulting in pain and scarring.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Treatment
There are many patient benefits from minimally invasive surgery, including:
Less tissue damage
Less pain and scarring
Shorter hospital stay
Faster recovery and return to normal activities
Advanced Technology, Exceptional Skill and Compassion
Our team of highly qualified, board certified, neurosurgeons is dedicated to helping patients recover from illness or injury with maximum function for a rewarding life. All neurosurgeons on Southwest General’s Medical Staff have received special training to perform MIS procedures and are experienced in this type of surgery.
A Wide Range of Procedures
Minimally invasive neurosurgeries performed at Southwest General address the following areas among others:
Spine Disorders - degenerative disc conditions (including osteoarthritis), disc herniation, spinal stenosis and others
We look Forward to Helping You
Many patients suffering from neurological conditions can benefit from MIS, but it may not be suitable for every patient. To learn more about MIS at Southwest General or for referral to a neursurgeon, call our Health Connection at 440-816-5050.