A spine surgery with minimally-invasive computer guided navigation technique helped a 60-year-old patient with a degenerative spine stand on her feet within a month. The technique has been used for the first time in the country. Traditionally, spine surgeries are open surgeries where doctors make incisions of about 6-8 centimeters on the back. In a minimally-invasive surgery, a surgeon makes small incisions of about 2cm on the spine without cutting it open and keeps checking the accuracy of the surgery by taking as many as 50 shots of X-rays.
The X-rays are both harmful to the patient and the surgeon. The new computer-guided navigation technique works like a GPS. The system guides the doctor in making the right surgical moves on the table. In this technique, only three X-ray shots are required to feed the computer with images of the spine. A surgery without the navigation system could take about four hours. This surgery took just two-and-a-half hours. In any minimally-invasive technique, the patient recovery is much faster. The patient can get up and sit up on the bed the next day itself. However, added that the minimally invasive surgery for spine is more expensive owing to the price of implants (screws) which are smaller and not made in India.
The minimally invasive approach allows patients to recover much faster and go home one or two days after surgery. For younger patients, this means that they can get back to their normal routine very quickly. For older patients, it means that we can offer them surgical options that they would not have had in the past, because the operation would have been too big and too risky.
If you have been advised spine neurosurgery your first choice should be the latest minimally invasive technique developed by our world class hospitals in India. Most advanced Technology like Intra Operative MRI, Brain Suite and Computer Assisted Navigation System are deployed by highly trained surgeons for accurate and safe Spine Surgeries through a small incision.
Minimally invasive surgery takes us one step closer to our goal of getting patients restored back to health as quickly and easily as possible.
- Minimally invasive approach uses smaller surgical incisions and damages less tissue, which means less postoperative pain and shorter recovery times.
- 3D Navigation allows surgeons to know – in real-time – the position and orientation of their operating tools.
- Advanced imaging techniques allow surgeons to place a needle into a one-millimeter by one-millimeter by one-millimeter space without ever having to open up the skin with a scalpel.
- Reduced recovery time means patients can go home and get back to their normal routines more quickly.
- Older patients have surgical options that were previously not available to them because the operation was too large.
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