ANS Spine Specialists
While most people think neurosurgery focuses only on conditions associated with the brain, over 70 percent of neurosurgery procedures involve spine and spinal cord health conditions.
Neurosurgeons have the advanced training to understand the intricate relationship between the spine and the complex network of nerves that make up the spinal cord. Understanding this interrelationship between the structural aspects of the spine and the nervous system allows the neurosurgeon to fine-tune a patient’s diagnosis, develop the most appropriate and least invasive treatment option, and perform complex surgeries involving the spine and spinal cord.
Spine surgery is a specialty at Atlantic Neurosurgical Specialists. Our neurosurgeons believe in extensive diagnostic evaluation and utilize the most advanced diagnostic technology available. A thorough understanding of each patient’s condition allows us to recommend the most effective treatment options using the least invasive techniques, thus minimizing risks and improving recovery time and patient outcomes.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MIS)
Advancements in diagnostic imaging, surgical techniques, and instrumentation are allowing neurosurgeons to perform surgery of the spine through smaller incisions and with less traumatic approaches than those associated with traditional spine surgery techniques. The neurosurgeons at ANS focus on treating spine conditions using the most minimally invasive procedures appropriate for each patient.
Benefits of minimally invasive back surgery include:
- smaller surgical incisions
- less soft tissue disruption and damage to spinal muscles
- less blood loss
- reduced risk of infection
- reduced scarring
- a reduction in post-operative pain
- a shortened hospital stay
- a faster recovery
Complex spine surgery usually consists of a wide decompression and fusion. The decompression part is overall the same as the simple spinal surgery, but there is a fundamental advantage of a complex spine surgery. As the neurosurgeon will perform a spinal fusion as the second part of the procedure, he or she does not have to worry about the limitation of the decompression. For this reason, the decompression is usually more extensive and more effective.
Some disorders will require stabilization or fusion. For instance, degenerative discs can cause severe back pain without actual nerve impingement. This disorder cannot be treated with a simple decompression. Decompression and fusion will be necessary. In addition, any instability of the spinal column will absolutely require a spinal fusion.
A message to our patients:
You are the only one who can decide to have spinal surgery. It is important that you take ownership of this decision, recognizing the limitations your particular physical condition places on the potential success of each of the treatment options. If you choose to have spine surgery, your physical condition and your mental attitude will play a role your body's ability to heal. You must approach your surgery with confidence, a positive attitude, and a thorough understanding of the anticipated outcome. You should have realistic goals and work steadily to achieve those goals.
The decision to have or not to have spinal surgery includes weighing the risks and benefits involved. You will make the final decision, so make sure you discuss this with your ANS spine surgeon and ask questions about anything you do not understand. Since medical care is tailored to each person's needs and differences, not all information presented here will apply to your treatment or its outcome.