Microscopic Spine Surgery | Benefits | MedStar Health

Benefits of microscopic spine surgery

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At MedStar Health, our surgeons have extensive training and experience in performing microscopic spine procedures. During minimally invasive surgery, surgeons use advanced technology and specialized instruments to repair back and spine conditions through a small incision. This type of surgery combines minimally invasive techniques with highly sensitive surgical microscopes. This cutting-edge technology allows our fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons to access the most delicate areas in your spine with high precision.

Heal faster with less postoperative pain

If you suffer from a herniated disc, microdiscectomy may be an option. To perform a minimally invasive microdiscectomy, surgeons use special retractors and surgical microscopes to remove the herniated disc and relieve pressure on nerve roots or the spinal cord. With a smaller incision and precision removal, surgeons can complete the outpatient surgery in under an hour. The microscopic approach offers faster recovery times, reduced blood loss and scarring, and less postoperative pain.

Am I a candidate?

At MedStar Health, our interdisciplinary team of spine experts take the time to educate you about your condition and treatment options. We develop treatment plans collaboratively, in partnership with each patient. We recommend trying nonsurgical approaches first.

Many people find relief from back and spine pain through a combination of prescription and over-the-counter medications, spinal injections, and physical therapy.  

When nonsurgical treatments fail to provide adequate pain relief, microscopic or minimally invasive surgery may be an option. Not all back and spine problems can be successfully treated with microscopic surgery. Some conditions are better treated with open spine procedures. At MedStar Health, our team includes fellowship-trained orthopedic and neurosurgeons who can help you fully explore your surgical options.

Minimally invasive surgery may be an option

If you are experiencing any of the following concerns, minimally invasive surgery may be an option for you:

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