Minimally invasive surgery is also often called endoscopic surgery or “keyhole” surgery, which utilizes special instruments that create smaller incisions than traditional surgeries.
Minimally invasive surgery utilizes a piece of equipment called an endoscope. This equipment is a long, thin and flexible tube that has a light and camera attached to one end. This tube is inserted into a body cavity or area through a small incision usually about 1/2 inch in length. The camera sends an image to a screen, much like a computer or television screen, that the surgeon can see throughout the course of the operation.
Minimally invasive surgery has been performed in nearly all medical fields, including cardiac, urology, neurology, and spine care. Today, spine care specialists and surgeons can perform a variety of minimally invasive spine surgery procedures on all areas of the spine, including the cervical, thoracic, lumber, and sacral areas. Some of the most common procedures include but are not limited to:
- Laparoscopic spinal fusion
- Cervical Radiculopathy
- Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion
- Percutaneous discectomy
Minimally invasive spine surgery and surgical procedures also offer treatments for microsurgical treatment of herniated discs, lumber spinal stenosis, spinal fusion, scoliosis, compression fractures, osteoporosis, and in the treatment of spinal tumors, vertebral fractures and more.
Medical providers in locations such as the Jordan Hospital, in Amman, Jordan, the Florence Nightingale Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey and the Artemis Health Institute in Gurgaon, India, offer laparoscopic techniques and expertise in these cutting edge procedures.