FAQs

FAQs

ARE INSPIRED SPINE PROCEDURES SAFE?

Inspired Spine’s spinal surgical procedures have been performed on hundreds of patients throughout the United States, representing thousands of disk level procedures. Inspired Spine’s Minnesota-based peer reviewed published studies demonstrate that Inspired Spine’s advanced minimally invasive surgical methods and techniques have resulted in the safest surgical procedures offered for spinal fusions. Additionally, Inspired Spine procedures provide 1/10ththe blood loss of traditional non-minimally invasive spinal procedures.

HOW LONG DO INSPIRED SPINE PROCEDURES TAKE?

Patients requiring a one level spinal disk fusion have had operating times as little as 28 minutes. Reduced operating times means the patient is under general anesthesia for a significantly reduced amount of time. Reduced time under anesthesia has been proven in multiple clinical studies to reduce patient risk, improve post-surgical recovery times, and improve patient safety.

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO STAY IN THE HOSPITAL?

Inspired Spine’s outpatient, same day surgery techniques require no overnight stays for patients. Studies have shown that increased hospital stays have a direct effect on the quality and predictability of a patient’s clinical outcome. There is a reduced occurrence of hospital-acquired infection and other risks inherent to multiple days spent in a hospital. Being out of the hospital and back to the comfort of home promotes a quicker recovery, and a more enjoyable procedural experience.

HOW DO INSPIRED SPINE PROCEDURES DIFFER FROM OTHER SPINE SURGERIES?

Inspired Spine’s advanced spinal procedures do not require the performing surgeon to have direct visualization of the spine. In traditional spinal fusion procedures, surgeons need to remove the supporting structural anatomy of the spine. Muscles and ligaments that provide support and strength to the spine are permanently detached. Spinal bone is removed to provide the surgeon access to the spinal disk. These considerable, permanent dissections are commonly performed through multiple large incisions that may be several inches in length, and may be required both on the back and the abdomen of the patient. Abdominal incisions require a second surgeon, typically a vascular or trauma surgeon, to provide access to the afflicted disk by moving critical veins and arteries that travel the length of the lumbar spine. There are multiple, serious risks that accompany such complex spinal fusion procedures. Inspired Spine’s advanced minimally invasive spinal procedures were developed to avoid all of these complications to the patient.

Inspired Spine procedures use biplane fluoroscopy, similar to x-rays, to smoothly navigate surgical instrumentation towards the affected spinal disk. Inspired Spine’s advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures produce incisions that are no larger than a dime, requiring only a few stitches. Inspired Spine’s gently developed procedures completely eliminate the cutting and removal of muscle, ligaments, and bone. With Inspired Sine’s complete elimination of the trauma to the spine’s supportive anatomy, Inspired Spine procedures carry none of the risk that is associated with the magnitude of tissue disruption and manipulation caused by traditional spinal fusion surgeries. These widely performed surgeries go by the names of: TLIF, PLIF, ALIF, and the X-LIF.

Less cutting means less pain, faster recovery, and a greatly reduced risk to Inspired Spine patients. Inspired Spine spinal fusion procedures represent your safest available option when spinal fusion surgery is considered the final alternative by the patient.

The elimination of the tissue trauma caused by traditional open spinal fusion surgery also provides the patient with future benefits. The minority of patients that have spinal fusion surgery may develop a condition called Adjacent Segment Disk Disease years after their original procedure. The removal of the spine’s supportive muscle and ligament tissue can lead to additional disk levels, levels above or below the disk(s) involved in the original procedure, to also begin to demonstrate clinical indications of wear. Clinical sensibility would suggest that a spine’s supportive anatomy that is structurally healthy and still intact, would reduce the occurrence of future spinal disk problems at a rate much lower than that of traditional open spinal fusion surgery. Studies are currently being conducted in support of these findings. The preservation of muscle, ligaments and bone, along with a regimen and lifestyle of healthy spine activity suggests that an Inspired Spine patient will only be a spine patient once, and that is one of our goals, inspired by you.

WHAT TO EXPECT BEFORE SURGERY?

The first step in the Inspired Spine total treatment methodology is an accurate, prompt diagnosis. Neurosurgeons, specially trained medical doctors who focus their entire medical education on the anatomy of the brain and spine, are the optimal medical providers for these procedures. In contrast, orthopedic spine surgeons perform a 2 year spine residency. Quite simply, orthopedic surgeons do not have the same degree of spinal surgery education and experience as a Neurosurgeon. A Neurosurgeon will assess Inspired Spine patients through hands-on testing and a MRI diagnostic imaging study. Once a diagnosis is made, your Neurosurgeon will create a conservative therapy protocol consisting of physical therapy, and perhaps pain management therapy to include prescribed medicines and/or spinal injections to decrease inflammation or block pain receptors. Such conservative therapies can last 6 weeks or longer. The goal for the patient is to avoid surgery.

SHOULD I ALWAYS SEEK A SECOND OPINION?

Part of your decision to have spinal fusion surgery is the recommendation that the Inspired Spine patients seek a second opinion. This suggestion goes for any medically determined need to undergo a surgical procedure. The intent is for the Inspired Spine patient to seek and be provided reassurance that all possible options, other than surgery, have been explored. This also serves as testament to the total spine treatment that the Inspired Spine program provides its patients. We are confident that our patients will return to Inspired Spine for continuation of their spinal care. If in the course of seeking a second opinion the patient has discovered an alternative option, Inspired Spine will be of the utmost support in bringing the patient’s alternative care provider up to speed on the patient’s diagnosis and treatment to date. Our goal at Inspired Spine is for the patient to find relief from back pain on their terms. Inspired Spine lives by only one commitment – to be a healthcare partner alongside every back pain suffer in their pursuit of the pain relief they deserve.

Are Inspired Spine Procedures Safe?

Inspired Spine’s spinal surgical procedures have been performed on hundreds of patients throughout the United States, representing thousands of disk level procedures. Inspired Spine’s Minnesota-based peer reviewed published studies demonstrate that Inspired Spine’s advanced minimally invasive surgical methods and techniques have resulted in the safest surgical procedures offered for spinal fusions. Additionally, Inspired Spine procedures provide 1/10th the blood loss of traditional non-minimally invasive spinal procedures.

How Long Do Inspired Spine Procedures Take?

Patients requiring a one level spinal disk fusion have had operating times as little as 28 minutes. Reduced operating times means the patient is under general anesthesia for a significantly reduced amount of time. Reduced time under anesthesia has been proven in multiple clinical studies to reduce patient risk, improve post-surgical recovery times, and improve patient safety.

How Long Do I Have to Stay in the Hospital?

Inspired Spine’s outpatient, same day surgery techniques require no overnight stays for patients. Studies have shown that increased hospital stays have a direct effect on the quality and predictability of a patient’s clinical outcome. There is a reduced occurrence of hospital-acquired infection and other risks inherent to multiple days spent in a hospital. Being out of the hospital and back to the comfort of home promotes a quicker recovery, and a more enjoyable procedural experience.

How do Inspired Spine Procedures Differ from Other Spine Surgeries?

Inspired Spine’s advanced spinal procedures do not require the performing surgeon to have direct visualization of the spine. In traditional spinal fusion procedures, surgeons need to remove the supporting structural anatomy of the spine. Muscles and ligaments that provide support and strength to the spine are permanently detached. Spinal bone is removed to provide the surgeon access to the spinal disk. These considerable, permanent dissections are commonly performed through multiple large incisions that may be several inches in length, and may be required both on the back and the abdomen of the patient. Abdominal incisions require a second surgeon, typically a vascular or trauma surgeon, to provide access to the afflicted disk by moving critical veins and arteries that travel the length of the lumbar spine. There are multiple, serious risks that accompany such complex spinal fusion procedures. Inspired Spine’s advanced minimally invasive spinal procedures were developed to avoid all of these complications to the patient.

Inspired Spine procedures use biplane fluoroscopy, similar to x-rays, to smoothly navigate surgical instrumentation towards the affected spinal disk. Inspired Spine’s advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures produce incisions that are no larger than a dime, requiring only a few stitches. Inspired Spine’s gently developed procedures completely eliminate the cutting and removal of muscle, ligaments, and bone. With Inspired Sine’s complete elimination of the trauma to the spine’s supportive anatomy, Inspired Spine procedures carry none of the risk that is associated with the magnitude of tissue disruption and manipulation caused by traditional spinal fusion surgeries. These widely performed surgeries go by the names of: TLIF, PLIF, ALIF, and the X-LIF.

Less cutting means less pain, faster recovery, and a greatly reduced risk to Inspired Spine patients. Inspired Spine spinal fusion procedures represent your safest available option when spinal fusion surgery is considered the final alternative by the patient.

The elimination of the tissue trauma caused by traditional open spinal fusion surgery also provides the patient with future benefits. The minority of patients that have spinal fusion surgery may develop a condition called Adjacent Segment Disk Disease years after their original procedure. The removal of the spine’s supportive muscle and ligament tissue can lead to additional disk levels, levels above or below the disk(s) involved in the original procedure, to also begin to demonstrate clinical indications of wear. Clinical sensibility would suggest that a spine’s supportive anatomy that is structurally healthy and still intact, would reduce the occurrence of future spinal disk problems at a rate much lower than that of traditional open spinal fusion surgery. Studies are currently being conducted in support of these findings. The preservation of muscle, ligaments and bone, along with a regimen and lifestyle of healthy spine activity suggests that an Inspired Spine patient will only be a spine patient once, and that is one of our goals, inspired by you.

What to Expect Before Surgery?

The first step in the Inspired Spine total treatment methodology is an accurate, prompt diagnosis. Neurosurgeons, specially trained medical doctors who focus their entire medical education on the anatomy of the brain and spine, are the optimal medical providers for these procedures. In contrast, orthopedic spine surgeons perform a 2 year spine residency. Quite simply, orthopedic surgeons do not have the same degree of spinal surgery education and experience as a Neurosurgeon. A Neurosurgeon will assess Inspired Spine patients through hands-on testing and a MRI diagnostic imaging study. Once a diagnosis is made, your Neurosurgeon will create a conservative therapy protocol consisting of physical therapy, and perhaps pain management therapy to include prescribed medicines and/or spinal injections to decrease inflammation or block pain receptors. Such conservative therapies can last 6 weeks or longer. The goal for the patient is to avoid surgery.

Should I Always Seek a Second Opinion?

Part of your decision to have spinal fusion surgery is the recommendation that the Inspired Spine patients seek a second opinion. This suggestion goes for any medically determined need to undergo a surgical procedure. The intent is for the Inspired Spine patient to seek and be provided reassurance that all possible options, other than surgery, have been explored. This also serves as testament to the total spine treatment that the Inspired Spine program provides its patients. We are confident that our patients will return to Inspired Spine for continuation of their spinal care. If in the course of seeking a second opinion the patient has discovered an alternative option, Inspired Spine will be of the utmost support in bringing the patient’s alternative care provider up to speed on the patient’s diagnosis and treatment to date. Our goal at Inspired Spine is for the patient to find relief from back pain on their terms. Inspired Spine lives by only one commitment – to be a healthcare partner alongside every back pain suffer in their pursuit of the pain relief they deserve.

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