Although neurosurgery used to require cutting, and various tools, today minimally invasive options are offered at some of the top spine center and neurosurgery centers. Depending on the type of surgical procedure, how it is performed, and what the procedure is being performed for, there are different approaches that are used, and a far less invasive approach is available today. In fact, many endoscopic procedures require no cutting, and use electronics as a guide to the surgical procedure, meaning in many cases patients are in and out of the hospital in a day, or a few days, as opposed to a few weeks, or months, which was the required recoup time in the past.
An endoscope, which is used at the top spine center and neurosurgery centers in the country, is a small, fiber optic device, which uses powerful lenses to complete the surgical procedure. A small light source, and a digital camera are all that are required to perform some of these procedures today. Neurosurgeons will use the endoscope to perform minimally invasive procedures, and exams on patients. Due to the fact that through this procedure no incisions are made, and everything is done electronically, patients are in and out of the center in a day, a few days, or week, rather than a much longer time which was required in the past, to get past the incisions and deep cuts which were involved in these procedures.
Types of procedures using an endoscope –
Endoscopes are typically used for procedures like cranial, spinal, or with peripheral nerve procedures, which generally require less time, and require less instrumentation to complete the procedure. It can either be used alone, but in certain procedures will be used in conjunction with other, more traditional techniques as well. With the improved technologies, not only will these procedures improve the outcomes, it is also going to help limit the number of complications that might have occurred in the past, with such complex procedures.
Spine surgery –
Endoscopes are generally used today with spinal surgery; from removing a herniated disc, to performing minimally invasive spinal procedures, it is quick, seamless, and it allows the surgeon to quickly and easily navigate, without having to cut or dissect the patient. Via this approach, much smaller incisions are required; patients will not experience pain during the procedure, and after the pain is going to be far less as well. With this procedure, not only is it a shorter hospital stay for patients, it is also going to result in less recoup time for patients afterwards.
Regardless of the type of pain you are experiencing, or what has caused spinal injuries, at the spine center and top neurosurgery centers, endoscopic techniques are used today. This not only results in less recoup time for the patient, it is also going to require less downtime after a procedure, will result in less possibility of injury or complication, and it is a far safer approach to surgeries which are performed today at the top spinal centers.
Dr. Imran Fayaz MD MSc FRCSC FACS P.A.Neurological Surgeon. Diplomate, American Board of Neurological Surgery, Fellow, American College of Surgeons, Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Fayaz has been in practice for twenty years, a communicator, both with his patients and with the referring physicians. He believes that his patients deserve an accurate diagnosis and a realistic treatment and recovery plan.