The Many Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

When you needed surgery in the past, you could expect to spend a significant period of recovery in the hospital and at home. Now, advancements in minimally invasive techniques allow experienced orthopedic surgeon, Gbolahan Okubadejo, MD, FAAOS, to make necessary repairs without causing unnecessary damage to your body.

Learn more about the options available at The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care for minimally invasive surgery and how they benefit you.

Types of minimally invasive surgery

Minimally invasive surgery uses techniques that require only small incisions. These techniques are possible in a variety of orthopedic and spine surgeries, and are also available for other types of surgery, including heart and cancer surgery.

One of the most common types of minimally invasive surgery is laparoscopy. Laparoscopy involves the use of specialized surgical instruments that fit through small incisions around the surgical site. The instruments often contain a light and a tiny camera that sends real-time images of your internal structures to an external monitor.

Dr. Bo watches this monitor during your procedure, which gives him a close-up, 3D view of the treatment area. He’s able to make surgical repairs using a higher level of precision than he might with open surgery.

Minimally invasive surgical options

If you’re not finding relief of pain and mobility issues with nonsurgical treatment, Dr. Bo can determine if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive surgery. He can recommend surgery for many orthopedic and spine conditions including:

Dr. Bo can use the latest minimally invasive techniques to repair fractures, stabilize joints, and increase the space in the spinal canal.

How minimally invasive surgery benefits you

In addition to allowing Dr. Bo to operate with more precision, minimally invasive surgery also provides you with a variety of benefits over traditional open surgery.

These benefits include:

Use of advanced surgical techniques

While a surgical scalpel and other surgical tools fit through the laparoscope, Dr. Bo can also use powerful microscopes and advanced lasers during minimally invasive surgery. He repairs damage or removes excess tissue without disturbing surrounding structures.

Less trauma, less pain

Because minimally invasive surgery only requires small incisions to access the surgical site, your body undergoes less trauma than it would with open surgery that involves longer incisions. This reduces your post-surgical pain and helps you heal faster.

Easier maintenance

Smaller incisions are often easier to care for than long incisions. As you heal, it takes less time for the open wound to close, lowering your risk for infection and excessive bleeding.

Minimal scar risk

Long surgical incisions often leave behind significant, noticeable scars. As smaller incisions heal faster and affect less of your skin, minimally invasive surgery reduces the likelihood that you’ll have significant, permanent scars.

Shorter hospital stay, faster recovery

Following a minimally invasive surgery, you can expect to spend less time in the hospital and more time recovering comfortably at home. As smaller incisions heal quickly and you’re not experiencing severe pain, you can expect to begin your rehabilitation sooner than you might with open surgery.

If you’re facing surgery for a spine condition or orthopedic injury and want to find out if you’re a candidate for a minimally invasive surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Bo. You can request an appointment online or by calling The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care today. 

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