Minimally Invasive Surgery

Gbolahan Okubadejo, MD, FAAOS -  - Orthopaedic Surgeon

The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care

Gbolahan Okubadejo, MD, FAAOS

Orthopaedic Surgeon & Spine Surgeon located in Upper East Side, New York, NY, Bronx, NY, Jamaica, NY, Englewood, NJ & Jersey City, NJ

Does the word “surgery” strike fear in you? If you need surgery, and you’re nervous about it, consider minimally invasive surgery with Gbolahan Okubadejo, MD, FAAOS, at The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care, with offices around New York City, including Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Englewood and Jersey City, New Jersey. Minimally invasive surgery offers faster recovery times, shorter hospital stays, less pain, and a lower risk of complications than traditional open surgery. To schedule your consultation, contact Dr. Okubadejo via the phone or online booking tool.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is designed to cause less trauma to the body than open surgery. Minimally invasive surgery is usually less painful, offers a quicker recovery time, and shortens your hospital stay. It also gives your surgeon more control and flexibility.

One of the most popular types of minimally invasive surgery is laparoscopy. During a laparoscopy, Dr. Okubadejo performs surgery with the help of tiny surgical instruments and cameras. He inserts these into the body via small tubes that pass through one or more small incision he makes.

During minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Okubadejo can use powerful microscopes as well as lasers in place of scalpels to vaporize soft tissue and create cleaner, smaller incisions, and cuts.

How do minimally invasive spinal surgery and open spinal surgery differ?

Open spinal surgery begins with your surgeon creating a large incision down your spine, then pulling back your muscle to expose your vertebrae, and using clamps to keep the incision open. Once they’ve got the spinal bones exposed, your surgeon can see where to place the bone graft, hooks, rods, etc.

This style of surgery is much riskier than minimally invasive surgery. For example, with a larger incision, you have a higher risk of infection and can lose more blood.

The act of pulling back your muscle, known as retraction, can easily damage the muscle and the soft tissue surrounding it. Retraction during surgery can also lead to new pain after surgery that slows recovery time.

Can I have minimally invasive spinal surgery?

At The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care, minimally invasive spinal surgery works well on conditions like:

  • Herniated discs
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal tumors
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal instability
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal compression fractures
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis

Using minimally invasive spinal surgery, Dr. Okubadejo can:

  • Relieve pressure on spinal nerves
  • Stabilize spinal joints
  • Stabilize vertebrae
  • Reduce or eliminate spinal pain
  • Widen the vertebral canal
  • Perform spinal fusion

If you need surgery but you don’t like the idea of traditional open surgery, consider minimally invasive surgery with Dr. Okubadejo at The Institute for Comprehensive Spinal Care. Book your consultation with him today over the phone or via the online booking tool.