Regardless of your spine condition, our team at Inspired Spine is prepared to offer you a range of treatment options. Treatment will work to relieve your symptoms and target the underlying condition, ensuring long-term relief as well as immediate pain management.
Our preference is always for conservative treatment methods whenever possible. We may initially suggest treatments such as medications, physical therapy, heat and cold, or lifestyle changes. Only when these are unsuccessful will we suggest surgery. The exception is in the case of patients who require surgery to correct their spinal issues immediately. In some situations, putting off surgery can lead to a worsening of the condition or can simply put you at risk. Because of this, minimally invasive keyhole surgeries may be our first recommendation in the case of those with extreme spinal instabilities or other severe issues.
We Specialize in Minimally Invasive Procedures
At Inspired Spine, our specialty is minimally invasive keyhole procedures that build off of the traditional techniques of spinal fusion and other surgeries. In fact, we are leaders in the world of minimally invasive keyhole surgeries for spines, developing and testing procedures to ensure we always offer our patients the highest standard of care with the smallest risk possible.
We prefer minimally invasive keyhole procedures over traditional, invasive spinal surgeries for many reasons. They take significantly less time to complete in the operating room, meaning you are under anesthesia for less time.
Minimally invasive procedures also tend to be safer and offer a significantly shorter recovery time. Instead of creating a large incision and having to work around various other tissues, sometimes moving muscles out of the way, we work with a small incision. This allows us to access areas that would otherwise be hard to reach, such as the portion of the spine blocked by the rib cage. Between the smaller incision and minimal impact on surrounding tissues, minimally invasive keyhole surgeries result in significantly less blood loss as well.
Overall, all of these factors contribute to a shorter recovery time. Many patients only spend a few hours in the hospital following their procedures, not even requiring an overnight stay. In the cases when an overnight stay is necessary, patients spend at least several days fewer in the hospital than those who undergo invasive spinal surgeries. The quick recovery time of minimally invasive keyhole procedures not only allows you to get back to your daily routine more quickly but also minimizes your expenses, as hospital stays can be expensive.
Get to Know Our Treatments
We perform a range of minimally invasive keyhole procedures, each of which treats a specific set of symptoms and conditions.
- MIS-OLLIF: This minimally invasive keyhole spinal oblique lateral lumbar fusion allows us to fuse the lumbar vertebrae. It requires only a tiny 15 mm incision, and there is no need to move or remove surrounding healthy structures. We place a biocompatible polymer implant and bone graft material in the empty spot after removing the diseased or damaged disc, possibly along with facet screws.
- MIS-DLIF: The minimally invasive keyhole direct lateral interbody fusion can be used to treat chronic back pain. Unlike the traditional direct lateral interbody fusion procedure, the MIS-DLIF can be performed on all areas, including along the lowest portion of your lumbar spine. In traditional surgical methods, these are blocked by the pelvis and ribs, respectively.
- MIS-DTIF: The minimally invasive keyhole direct thoracic interbody fusion performs a similar function to the other procedures but allows for the spinal fusion along the thoracic vertebrae. Traditional methods require a thoracic surgeon to perform a thoracotomy, but this procedure isn’t even necessary with the MIS-DTIF. Instead, it follows the same minimally invasive keyhole pattern of the other treatments.
- SI Joint Fusion: Fusing the sacroiliac joint is a minimally invasive keyhole procedure that improves stability on this joint. We will place an implant and/or compression screws or titanium rods to prevent SI joint movement, providing relief.
Before any treatments, we will always explain the options to you in detail, along with the procedure and recovery instructions.