Least Invasive Spine Procedures
At the International Spine Institute, our goal is to be the most innovative practice offering the Least Invasive Procedure options that tailor treatment to our patients and have the fastest recovery, return to work, play, and a pain-free lifestyle. Least Invasive Procedures are an emerging philosophy that bridges the gap between pain management and spinal surgery. Often, patients who fail to achieve adequate relief from pain management are referred to surgery. Our Least Invasive Procedures are an excellent alternative to failed pain management and spinal fusion.
Least Invasive Procedures versus Minimally Invasive Surgery
Least Invasive Procedures is an evolving philosophy of treating painful spine patients with less invasive procedures before ever considering traditional and minimally invasive spine surgery (MIS). Our spine procedures, such as endoscopic rhizotomy, are less invasive than MIS. Improved technologies and techniques are tailored for pinpointing pain generators in the spine. Approaching the spine with endoscopic procedures can relieve the pain and reduce the collateral damage and tissue disruption that MIS and traditional spine surgery can cause.
Our Least Invasive Procedures are an excellent alternative to spinal fusion. Although we do offer patients minimally invasive spine surgery when appropriate, most of our patients do very well without more invasive spine surgery or spinal fusion. In fact, for select patients, our least invasive procedures are as effective as traditional spinal surgery in reducing painful conditions without spinal fusion. These procedures cause less pain and less trauma to the muscles supporting your back. Also, our least invasive procedures have faster recovery times and return to work and life.
Endoscopic Discectomy – The endoscopic spine procedure is the least invasive procedure used to treat herniated, protruded, extruded, bulging discs and disc tears that compress or irritate the spinal nerves causing back or leg pain. Through a less than ½ inch incision, the smallest in spine surgery, an endoscope with HD camera is inserted to visualize and decompress the herniated disc, annular tear, and spinal nerves.