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Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine Surgery

The least invasive procedures for maximum relief

“My goal is to be able to perform a minimally invasive procedure for whatever spinal problem a patient presents with.” – Dr. Quartararo

shutterstock_169303538Back pain is the second most common reason patients visit a doctor. So it’s not surprising that doctors are constantly looking for more effective ways to provide relief. Physical therapy, chiropractic and medications continue to be the conservative approach to treatment. More recently, huge advances in surgical techniques have reduced risk and recovery time for spine surgery, and have improved outcomes significantly.

The greatest advance has been the minimally invasive endoscopic technique. While most spine surgeons continue to use traditional open surgery for most of their spine surgeries, Dr. Q has the training and expertise to do 90% of his surgeries with the help of an endoscope and special surgical tools. He has spent more than a decade refining minimally invasive techniques to the point that doctors trust him as a leader in spine-surgery excellence.

What is endoscopic spine surgery?

Endoscopy literally means “looking inside.” In medicine, an endoscope is a tiny camera on the end of a thin, flexible tube that is used for direct visualization of internal anatomy. Dr. Q inserts the endoscope through a tiny incision to illuminate and magnify the area of surgery and send images to a TV screen. The doctor then uses small surgical instruments to perform the surgery. Small incisions and instruments result in minimal disruption of tissue and anatomical structures. The result? Immediate relief, smaller scars, less pain and a quicker recovery time.

Minimally invasive endoscopic spine surgery vs. traditional surgery

Minimally invasive surgery has significant advantages over traditional open surgery; however, all surgery involves some degree of risk. At NJ Spine Institute, we will not consider surgery for you unless non-invasive options have failed to resolve your pain.

If you are considering minimally invasive spine surgery, make sure you work with a surgeon who has extensive expertise with great outcomes.

Traditional Open Surgery Endoscopic Surgery
Size of incision 6 – 8” 1”
Scarring Can be dramatic Almost invisible after healing
Recovery 4 to 6 weeks Up and walking the next day
Damage to surrounding tissue Significant Minimal
Cost Higher due to longer operative time and hospital stay Lower due to shorter procedure and no hospital stay
Potential risks Higher blood loss, increased risk of damage to muscles and other tissues, increased risk of infection at surgical site Learning curve for surgeons, prolonged operative time, increased radiation exposure, risk of infection at surgical site (less than for open surgery)

How your spine works

Your spine is a complex series of 33 bones divided into five sections along the spinal column from neck to pelvis: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum and coccyx. Each of these bones is called a vertebra. Discs separate the first 24 vertebrae, allowing this part of the spine to bend and flex. Nerves run from your brain through the spinal column and out to the rest of your body through openings between the vertebrae. The spinal cord protects these nerves. There are 31 pairs of spinal nerves that exit your spine and extend to different parts of your body where they control motion and sensation. If a vertebra or disc is damaged in any way, it can put pressure on those nerves and cause severe pain.

Because of the complexity of this system, back pain is not always easy to diagnose. It can be the result of an injury or surgery that affects the muscles, soft tissue, bones or skin in the area around your back. It can also be the result of damage to nerve tissue at a specific point along the spine.

Would you like to learn more about Dr. Q’s unique, leading-edge approach and how it is making spine surgery easier on you? Call us today at 201-493-0123.