Minimally Invasive Surgery

Las Colinas Spine Program offers an alternative to traditional open back and neck surgeries, motion limiting fusion surgeries and artificial disc replacements.  This is accomplished by utilizing the latest techniques for neck and back pain conditions through the use of minimally invasive endoscopic laser procedures.  Through the use of these modern day surgical techniques, some of our surgeons are able to perform minimally invasive lumbar laminotomy/discectomy operations.  Each of these operations will relieve pressure on one or more nerve roots thereby alleviating pain and minimizing recovery time for our patients.

Las Colinas Spine Program procedures are unique in that most of our surgeries are outpatient day surgeries.  Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MIS) is becoming the trend in spine surgery and the method of choice for physicians and patients over traditional spine surgery. Through utilization of a much smaller incision and endoscope, minimally invasive spine surgery typically results in better clinical outcomes, reduced pain and scarring, faster recovery, and decreased complication rates.

What Exactly is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MIS)?

Traditional spine surgery involves a large incision as well as the detachment of spine muscles for further visualization of the spine. Due to this invasive method, this technique can be very traumatic to the muscular system.  As a result, patients are thrilled once they realize that Las Colinas Spine Program offers an alternative; minimally invasive spine surgery.  A minimally invasive discectomy involves a much smaller incision, generally about an inch in length. This type of surgery creates a small tunnel through the muscles in the back down to the area where the herniated disc is located. In comparison, an open discectomy involves a much larger incision and also involves stripping the muscles away from the spinal column so that the surgeon can see the area where the herniated disc is located. Once this has been completed, the part of the procedure involving removing the fragments of the herniated disc is very similar with both techniques.

Due to the proven benefits of MIS, a growing number of patients are requesting minimally invasive spine surgery.  Through this technique, a patient is achieving the same or better surgical results in comparison to traditional surgery however the patient is benefiting from a smaller incision and little or no cutting of the muscle. This procedure is only performed by highly specialized spine surgeons utilizing specially designed instruments such as an endoscope or microscope. Below are a few of the many benefits of MIS:

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

  • Smaller Incision
  • Minimal Blood Loss
  • Less Pain After Surgery 
  • No Soft Tissue Damage
  • Less Scarring
  • Less Pain Meds After Surgery  
  • No Fusion
  • Faster Surgery and Recovery
  • Better Long Term Outcomes / Results 
  • NO Hospital Stays 
  • Decreased Overall Costs