There are some advantages that come with the surgery compared to the traditional open spine surgery, which includes:
- Faster recovery period.
- There are fewer overall risks associated with minimally invasive spine surgery when compared to open spine surgery.
- The smaller incisions reduce the risk of infection and reduce scarring.
- The use of tiny instruments and cameras helps reduce the risk of blood loss or damage to surrounding muscles and tissue.
- Minimally invasive back surgery also frequently doesn’t require an overnight stay in the hospital. Less anesthesia is required, as the surgeries generally take less time to perform than traditional open surgery.
- Most patients require less narcotic pain reliever in the days following surgery.
Most patients go home on the same day or in 1 to 2 days after Minimal Invasive surgery. When you are home, you will need to rest but you can resume your normal diet as soon as you feel like you can.
Many people who have undergone minimally invasive back surgery will be able to return to normal activities in approximately six weeks. During the first six weeks post-surgery, most patients will need to restrict activities, though the degree to which activity is restricted will be determined by your surgeon based on your overall health and recovery process.
After the surgery, you may have mild pain and soreness as you start to move around. However, this pain will improve in a relatively short amount of time. Your doctor can prescribe you a pain killer or recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever.
You must take care of the surgical wound after returning home. Some fluid leaking from the incision is normal, but if you see large amounts of fluid, or develop signs of infection like a fever or worsening pain.