Alternatives to Traditional Surgery
Minimally Invasive Spine Procedures
New advances in medical technology and surgical techniques have allowed specially trained spine surgeons to offer patients a less invasive option for spinal stenosis treatment.
The latest in alternative spine procedures include:
- Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
- Laser Spine Surgery
- Endoscopic Spine Surgery
- Arthroscopic Spine Surgery
The terms minimally invasive spine surgery, laser spine surgery, endoscopic and arthroscopic spine surgery are often used interchangeably (but not always accurately). An in-depth look at each classification will help define each, identify which conditions each treat and the pros and cons of these new types of surgeries. The animation below is from an episode on the TV Doctors show. It shows how a minimally invasive procedure is performed on a cervical spine condition.
Watch a Laser Spine Surgery Animation – from the TV Doctors Show
The animation of Laser Spine Surgery begins at 0:0:35 seconds into the video.