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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Specialist

Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists -  - Pain Management

Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists

Pain Management & Regenerative Medicine located in Northern Virginia, Arlington, VA

If you suffer from chronic neck or back pain and conservative measures of care don’t provide relief, consider minimally invasive spinal surgery. At Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists in Arlington, Virginia, John Huffman, MD, regularly performs minimally invasive spinal surgery to limit pain and improve your quality of life. To see if you’re a candidate, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive spinal surgery?

Minimally invasive spinal surgery is a type of orthopedic surgery that uses small incisions and custom operating tools to perform complex musculoskeletal procedures. 

Minimally invasive spinal surgery is much quicker than traditional open surgery. It presents far less damage to the muscles and soft tissues that surround the spine, causes less pain, and results in much quicker recovery times.

How does minimally invasive spinal surgery work?

Dr. Huffman performs minimally invasive spinal surgery while you’re under general anesthesia. Once the anesthesia sets in and you’re asleep, Dr. Huffman makes a series of small incisions near the source of your discomfort. 

He inserts small surgical tools into the incisions, allowing him to make cuts or remove damaged pieces of tissue. Dr. Huffman also inserts an endoscope, a skinny tube with a high-definition camera on the end. The endoscope displays images on a digital monitor in the operating room, guiding Dr. Huffman throughout the surgery.

Following your operation, Dr. Huffman removes the surgical tools and carefully stitches up the small incisions. Afterward, you move to a recovery room where Dr. Huffman and his staff monitor you until your anesthesia wears off.

Are there different types of minimally invasive spinal surgery?

At Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists, Dr. Huffman performs several types of minimally invasive spinal surgery, including:

Discectomy

A discectomy is used to treat herniated discs. During this operation, Dr. Huffman removes a small part of a vertebral lamina bone to access your damaged disc and surrounding nerves. Next, he removes the damaged portion of your disc and repositions the nerve.

A discectomy can treat herniated discs in your lower back or neck. It’s one of the most common minimally invasive spinal surgeries and has a proven track record of success.

Fusion surgery

Dr. Huffman might recommend a spinal fusion surgery if you have one or more damaged vertebrae or a skeletal deformity. Fusion surgery is used to fuse two or more vertebrae together. 

This process improves the stability of your spine, limits pain, and improves mobility.

Am I a good candidate for minimally invasive spinal surgery?

Only a qualified pain management specialist can determine if you’re a good candidate for minimally invasive spinal surgery. Following a physical exam, a review of your medical history, and a discussion of your symptoms and goals for treatment, Dr. Huffman can develop a custom treatment plan that aligns with your needs.

To schedule a minimally invasive spinal surgery appointment at Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists, call the office or book online today.