If you are experiencing neck and back pain in Miami or the surrounding area, contact the Miami Neck Specialists. When we treat you for spinal pain, you first receive an accurate diagnosis of the cause of the spinal pain. After a comprehensive diagnosis has been made, our neck and spine specialists will prescribe medications and other types of non-surgical treatments for your spinal pain.
Our office always suggests non-surgical treatments before they recommend any surgery. Neck rest, physical therapy, and injections remain three frequently recommended options we indicate to many of our patients. In many cases, these non-surgical treatments work well for our patients. But in some cases, additional treatment must be used to alleviate our patient’s continuing neck and spinal pain.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
In recent years, advances in spinal surgery technology have allowed spinal pain problems in the back or neck to be treated using minimally invasive spinal surgery (MISS). MISS techniques began being used in the 1990s and used for laminectomy and spinal fusions since that time. A laminectomy is when the lamina is removed from a vertebra to enable the nerves and blood to flow freely through the spine. A laminectomy is also used to treat nerve pain and numbness caused by compressed nerves in the spine.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery was created to treat spine issues with minimal injury to skin and muscles as well as to the structures of the spine. MISS procedures use smaller incisions, which makes it possible for the surgeon can see exactly where the issues remain located. MISS uses a smaller surgical field, plus four times magnification is used along with excellent lighting to enable the surgeon to correct the spinal problem at hand.
The Advantages of MISS
Little to no muscle is cut during the procedure, making post-operative recuperation much faster than it would be during a traditional surgical procedure. Also, less rehab time is required to heal from MISS surgery. A less invasive operation makes for less pain, and a smaller amount of pain medication is needed, too. Finally, there is a reduced chance of infection when a smaller incision is used during surgery.
Dr. Brusovanik and the rest of our staff have been well trained in neurosurgery, and orthopedic surgery of the spine and remains well versed in using minimally invasive spinal surgery techniques.
Classic Spine Surgeries
Traditional spine surgeries are done using an open method. That means that the area of the spine worked on is opened with a long incision to allow the surgeon to get a good view and access to the area of the spine they are repairing. Also, traditional spine surgeries may damage the back or neck muscles due to the pulling of these muscles. More blood may be lost, and conventional spine surgeries require a more extended stay in the hospital and an increased amount of recovery time, as well as increased pain after the procedure occurs.
Disc Herniation MISS Treatment in Miami
The cervical disc of the spine provides a cushion between the spinal bones or vertebrae. A herniated disc can push on the nerves of the neck and irritate or compress these nerves, causing pain along the forearm, index finger or thumb. Also, muscle spasms may occur as the neck muscles attempt to stabilize the herniated disc. Our doctors use minimally invasive techniques to repair the herniation in the neck and get the nerves working appropriately again.
Minimally Invasive Scoliosis Treatment at Neck Doctor Miami
The traditional treatment for scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, used to be surgery. Now, due to recent technological advancements, a less severe, less invasive method is used. This method includes an MRI image, a smaller incision, and the placing of screws through tiny holes near the area repaired. Also, if spinal fusion is required to relieve the pain of scoliosis, the procedure may now be done using a much smaller incision. Such a tiny hole heals much more quickly than does a larger incision, plus, less blood loss occurs during the surgery.
Miami Spinal Stenosis Treatment at Neck Doctor Miami
As a person ages, the bones and disks of the neck and back may change their shapes and leave little room for the nerves of the spine and spinal cord to function properly. If the spine doesn’t line up correctly, a person may develop myelopathy or spinal cord disease. This pressure causes pain in the neck that shoots down to the shoulders, arms, and hands, and makes picking up small objects very hard to do. Patients might get better over time and with more conservative treatments such as physical therapy and injections. Otherwise, health issues are treated with minimally invasive surgery.
Other minimally invasive techniques Neck Doctor Miami used to assist a person in pain with spine problems include:
• Cervical Laminoplasty. A cervical laminoplasty makes more room in the spinal cord and enable the nerves to work correctly in the case of spinal stenosis due to arthritis.
• Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion. This procedure removes a disc with a disease or a herniated disc.
• Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement (PCM). This procedure remains under investigation at present and isn’t commonly used. The purpose of implanting an artificial cervical disc remains to relieve pinched nerves in the spine by using the new technology of a spinal disc implant.
For more information on MISS, please contact us at www.neckdoctormiami.com.