Dr. Rahat Faderani Says Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeries Becoming More Common

Dr. Rahat Faderani

Surgery of the spine is usually done as "open surgery," meaning the area being operated on is opened with a long laceration. This allows the surgeon to have a good view of what is being worked on.

According to Dr. Rahat Faderani, the procedure has changed in recent years with minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS).

The procedure is becoming the preferred method of treatment by an increasing number of patients with various spine injuries. Dr. Faderani uses the new techniques in his office at Atlas Medical.

Because MISS does not involve a long incision, it avoids significant damage to the muscles surrounding the spine. Dr. Faderani notes that in most cases, this results in less pain after surgery and a faster recovery time.

Dr. Rahat Faderani's patients enter to his office with many varieties of lower back pain, and patients who have not had a positive outcome from physical therapy may elect for these procedures.

When a patient's pain lingers, even after physical therapy or specific medication, spine surgery is recommended by the doctor. Dr. Faderani points out that surgery is only considered if he can pinpoint the exact source of his patient's pain, such as a herniated disk or spinal stenosis.

But Dr. Faderani stresses that spine surgery is strictly a last resort procedure.

The decision for surgery should be outlined and individualized to the patient and the patient's symptoms, along with their level of function.

Dr. Rahat Faderani notes some of the more common MISS procedures, including MIS Lumbar Diskectomy and MIS Lumbar Fusion.

MIS Lumbar Diskectomy is when a herniated disk in the lower back pinches a nerve, causing severe leg pain, numbness, or weakness. To surgically relieve these symptoms, Dr. Faderani would remove the disk.

An MIS Lumbar Fusion is performed from the back, through the abdomen, or from the side, just like a standard, open lumbar fusion.

Approaching the spine from the side does not provide the surgeon with a full view, and it is often a challenge to take out the disk. But the minimally invasive surgery helps recovery rate nonetheless.

At Atlas Medical, Dr. Faderani integrates the newest diagnostic technologies that assist in selecting the right minimally invasive spine procedure or surgery. This often incorporates "high field" radiologic methods to fit each patient with the appropriate operation.

When it comes to minimally invasive spine surgery, Dr. Faderani notes that the procedure decreases the hospital stay of the patient by one-half.

For example, in a typical endoscopic discectomy, the surgery is performed, and the patient can go home shortly after the operation on the same day. Some patients return to full activity in six weeks, while other patients made need more time.

Dr. Rahat Faderani encourages all of his patients to begin a physical therapy program to safely start the process of returning to all normal activities after the surgery.

Specific exercises will help patients become healthy enough to return to work and daily activities. Regaining strength and speed are happening on a faster timeline due to the advances of MISS.

How long it will take to return to your daily activities after MISS depends upon your individual procedure and condition, says Dr. Faderani. He will evaluate after the surgery to make sure your recovery is progressing as expected.

Minimally invasive spine surgery utilizes a wide variety of advanced techniques, including lasers, endoscopes, operating microscopes, as well as computer-assisted navigation systems.

If you are someone experiencing neck or back pain, you can make an appointment with Dr. Faderani in South Florida, call 1-800- 311-DOCTOR.

Dr. Faderani recommends bringing as much of your previous records and MRI images as possible.

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