Traditional Spinal Procedures

Open Surgery for Spine Conditions

Traditional Alternatives to Minimally Invasive Procedures

New technologies for imaging and performing neurosurgery have revolutionized spinal surgeries. Minimally invasive techniques now give doctors alternatives to traditional open spine surgery that are more precise, shorter in duration and easier for patients to recover from. However, sometimes minimally invasive surgery is not possible or the spinal injury is very complex. In these cases, open surgery may still be the preferred approach. The fellowship-trained neurosurgeons of Princeton Brain, Spine & Sports Medicine are experts in both less invasive surgical procedures and traditional open back surgery.

Pros & Cons of Traditional Spine Surgery

Traditional open surgery outcomes remain the gold standard for success in treating a number of spinal conditions, and neurosurgeons continue to be trained first in these techniques. In some instances where damage to the spine is layered or very complicated, the surgeon has greater access to the injured or diseased area through a large incision made during open back operations. In traditional surgery, the doctor relies on a visual understanding of the patient’s spinal structure, but applying leading-edge innovations like CT and MRI scans and electronic instruments to traditional back surgery can improve a physician’s knowledge of the injury and aid in planning the procedure.

Surgery of any kind is only considered after conservative methods like rest, therapy or medication fail to bring relief. Patients undergoing traditional open back surgery must consider the risks, which include:

  • General anesthesia
  • Damage to tissues & nerves
  • Loss of blood
  • Possible infection & complications
  • Three- to five-day hospital stays
  • Extended recovery & rehabilitation

Spinal Conditions Treated With Traditional Surgery

Although your neurosurgeon may suggest an advanced, minimally invasive method for back treatment, traditional open back surgery continues to be a viable, effective option for spinal treatment. Uses may include:

Princeton Brain, Spine & Sports Medicine: Experts in Neurosurgery & New Technology

As advanced instruments and imaging are applied to more and more traditional brain and spinal procedures, the accomplished neurosurgeons of PBSSM are continuously learning and incorporating new, less invasive surgical techniques into their practice. From diagnosis and non-surgical treatment to minimally invasive and open spine surgery, our doctors and staff are committed to providing the best care available. Call 609.921.9001 in NJ or 215.741.3141 in PA to schedule an appointment and experience our patient-focused care model. To request a second opinion about spinal surgery, contact us online.

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