You may find it hard to imagine having complex spine surgery and going home the same day, yet two-thirds of all spine operations are performed in outpatient facilities. The experienced spine surgeons at Neurosurgical Associates Medical Group in Fresno, California, have extensive experience successfully performing outpatient spine surgery. To learn if you’re a good candidate for same-day surgery, call the office or book an appointment online.
Outpatient surgery is known by several names, including ambulatory surgery, office-based surgery, and same-day surgery. Simply put, when you have outpatient spine surgery, you go home the same day. You don’t have to worry about the time or the costs of staying overnight or several days in the hospital.
While you can connect at any time with your surgeon and the team at Neurosurgical Associates Medical Group, you can stay comfortable and relax at home, which boosts your recovery.
Outpatient spine surgery is only possible by using a minimally invasive procedure. This type of surgery is done using small incisions and specialized instruments that are narrow enough to fit through the incision.
Your surgeon may use a thin endoscope, which contains lighting and a video camera that provides an exceptional image of the spine. The tools needed to perform your surgery are also available in narrow versions that are easily inserted through a tiny incision.
These are a few examples of the surgeries performed on an outpatient basis:
Spine injuries and degenerative conditions such as a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, facet joint arthritis, and spinal stenosis often pinch the nearby nerves. Your surgeon may perform several decompression procedures during outpatient spine surgery, including laminectomy, foraminotomy, and laminotomy.
A discectomy is a procedure to remove part or all of a damaged disc. Depending on the extent of your procedure, you may also need a spinal fusion or an artificial disc replacement.
This procedure joins two adjacent vertebrae after the disc between them is removed. Your surgeon inserts a bone graft in place of the disc, and the graft promotes growth between the vertebrae, causing them to become one bone.
Instead of a spinal fusion, your surgeon may implant an artificial disc, which restores spinal stability while preserving the spine’s normal movement.
Beyond the benefits already mentioned, such as lower costs and recovering in the peace and quiet of your home, minimally invasive surgery offers important health benefits.
For starters, your surgeon doesn’t cut your muscles to access your spine. Instead, they use a retractor to separate the muscle fibers and create an opening that’s just large enough for the surgical instruments.
Other benefits include:
If you need spine surgery and you’d like to learn if you’re a good candidate for an outpatient procedure, call Neurosurgical Associates Medical Group, or book an appointment online.