We’ve all heard the saying “When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” So if you were referred to a spine surgeon, it would be natural to think you would end up with a long scar down your neck or back. But surgeons like Dr. Alfred Ogden here at The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York know that not every spine problem is a nail.
Dr. Ogden specializes in a type of surgery called “minimally invasive spine surgery.” This means that when surgery is necessary, it can be performed through small openings with less pain and shorter recovery times.
Does that sound almost too good to be true? “Minimally invasive surgery” is just what it sounds like: surgery, but done in a way that minimizes disruption to the body’s tissues. Minimally invasive spine surgery uses smaller incisions, through which surgeons can insert tiny surgical instruments. Because it results in easier, shorter recovery times and fewer hospital expenses, minimally invasive surgery has been more and more popular for all kinds of conditions, from gallbladder surgery to angioplasty, and now spine surgery.