Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
The spinal surgeons at Sibley Memorial hospital are recognized experts and educators on the latest minimally invasive procedures to address a variety of degenerative conditions of the spine. These procedures, performed through incisions no bigger than a dime, produce minimal scars, reduced blood loss and result in less post-operative pain; with some minimally invasive procedures performed on an outpatient basis. These minimally invasive techniques can be applied to a vast array of conditions ranging from spinal decompression for spinal stenosis to minimally invasive spinal fusion for collapsed and slipped vertebrae (spondylolisthesis) to correction of scoliosis. These minimally invasive techniques have been demonstrated to result in overall faster recovery for patients; with less time away from work and recreation.
An important principle of minimally invasive spinal surgery is that the soft tissues and muscles surrounding the spine are not cut but rather gently separated using special instruments. The minimally invasive techniques permit the surgeon to decompress the entire spinal canal by approaching from one side. This permits the surgeon to preserve many of the natural supportive structures of the spine and hopefully help to preserve the long term stability of the spine; a benefit not available during traditional spinal surgery.