Increasingly popular in modern medicine, minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is being performed far more regularly in hospitals and surgical centers across America, especially for conditions involving the spine, such as disc herniations or vertebral bone fractures. Instead of performing surgery through the use of one large incision, surgeons who utilize MIS make one or several small incisions to access the target treatment area using specialized surgical instruments.
The small incisions utilized during an MIS approach offer significant beneficial effects for the patient, including less pain, less bleeding, faster recovery, and a lower risk of complications. Because of the technical aspects of performing surgery with smaller access points, MIS surgeries can take longer than conventional surgeries, which may increase the amount of time a patient has to be under anesthesia. As with any surgery, MIS does carry some inherent risks, including infection, bleeding, and pain. In general, however, research indicates that the benefits of MIS far outweigh any potential risks.
Not every condition can be appropriately managed with a minimally invasive approach, at least not yet. However, our board-certified spine surgeons, Dr. John Gorup and Dr. Mario Brkaric, remain on the cutting edge of MIS technology and are committed to offering the highest quality surgical care to patients at Indiana Spine Center. Some of the surgeries they have used successfully with a minimally invasive approach include laminectomies, discectomies, and lumbar fusions.
At Indiana Spine Center, our team takes the time to discuss any treatment option that has the potential to resolve your spine health problem. This can include surgery as well as conservative treatment—and sometimes both. If you have a significant back problem that is affecting your quality of living and wondering if minimally invasive surgery is right for you, it’s important to speak with one of our spine surgeons. Let us help you get the individualized and effective treatment you need—and deserve.
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Dr. Brkaric takes the necessary time to listen to his patients concerns, explain diagnostics, and treatment recommendations.
I have recommended Dr. Brkaric to many of my friends and family members and will continue to do so.
Dr. Gorup always explains everything in depth, the truth and what to expect. His bed side manner is excellent. And he has a great sense of humor.
Dr. Gorup is an excellent and caring doctor, not only to the patient but also their family. Skilled surgeon. Provides all the options. Answers all your questions.