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What role does minimally invasive surgery have in treating those with spinal deformity?

By Admin | January 03, 2023

Brian Fiani, a neurosurgeon at Weill Cornell Medicine/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (New York, USA), examines some of the main benefits and also limitations associated with minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for patients who suffer from spinal deformity, as well as what the future might hold for such techniques within the field.

MIS approaches for adult spinal deformity (ASD) have been increasingly popular in the past few years and will continue to grow. The large interest stems from the ability to decrease the complication rate profile and improve the patient recovery process. The limitation is the restricted extent of deformity correction.

While minimising complication rates, MIS techniques allow patients to have quicker recoveries, decreased hospitalisation length of days (lower cost), decreased intraoperative blood loss, and quicker return to daily activity. Not to mention, decreased radiation exposure to surgeon and patient is alluring.

The question remains as to what extent can the ADS be corrected through MIS approaches. Emerging techniques for MIS have allowed spine surgeons to perform anterior column realignment and posterior column osteotomies which are fundamental to deformity correction.

MIS approaches have proven to be less morbid, one way, is by minimising dissection. One can work through small tubular approaches, endoscopic approaches, or...(More)

For more info please read, What role does minimally invasive surgery have in treating those with spinal deformity, by Spinal News International

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