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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Specialist

Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics -  - Orthopedics

Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine located in Nashville, TN & Franklin, TN

Back pain is a problem that might require surgical intervention, but spine surgery is a major undertaking. If you're considering surgery for a back or neck problem, the board-certified surgeons at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics, with four locations in Nashville and one in Franklin, Tennessee, can minimize your discomfort with minimally invasive spine surgeries. To see why minimally invasive spine surgery is a better way of addressing your pain, call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive spine surgery?

The Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics team uses minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) techniques to perform complex operations without having to make large incisions into your tissues.

Minimally invasive spine surgery only requires small cuts, through which your surgeon fits a device called a tubular retractor. The retractor pushes your muscles aside to form a channel through which your surgeon can access your spine.

Your surgical team uses a type of moving X-ray called fluoroscopy and an operating microscope to see the surgical site in great detail. They place specialized instruments down the retractor to complete your spinal surgery.

What are the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery?

Minimally invasive spine surgery has some notable benefits when compared to traditional open surgery, including:

  • Less blood loss
  • Lower levels of pain after surgery
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Shorter stay in the hospital
  • Minimal scarring
  • Quicker recovery

The Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics team specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery to treat a range of back and neck problems.

What type of minimally invasive spine surgery might I need?

The board-certified spine surgeons at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics offer several types of minimally invasive spine surgery. One of the main ones is spinal fusion, which involves combining two or more vertebrae to form one solid unit.

Fusion stops the movement between your vertebrae that can cause back pain and often occurs after removing a herniated disc. This minimally invasive spine surgery can also help halt spinal abnormalities like scoliosis from getting worse and treat problems like lumbar instability and spinal injuries.

There are several ways to carry out spinal fusion. The Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics team specializes in:

ACDF (anterior cervical discectomy and fusion)   

ACDF involves taking out a damaged disc in your neck and fusing the vertebrae on either side.

ALIF (anterior lumbar interbody fusion)

ALIF is a procedure where your surgeon accesses your spine from the front of your body to fuse vertebrae in your lower back.                            

XLIF (extreme lateral interbody fusion)

XLIF is a way of accessing the vertebrae in your lower back through your side. It's also known as LLIF (lateral lumbar interbody fusion).

Other types of minimally invasive spine surgery available include laminectomy to widen your spinal canal, microdiscectomy for removing herniated discs, and artificial disc replacement.

To benefit from the exceptional expertise of the minimally invasive spine surgery team at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.



 

Our Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Specialists

Dr. Glattes

 

Dr. Colin Crosby