Accessibility Tools

Say Yes to Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Each new year brings new advancements in the area of spine surgery. In fact, at Pacific Spine Specialists, our expert surgeon, Dr. Keenen, specializes in minimally invasive techniques. This means that the scary surgery you have been dreading has just gotten a whole lot less intimidating.

Pacific Spine Specialists Offers Minimally Invasive Procedures

Pacific Spine Specialists is proud to offer minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Minimally invasive surgery provides an ideal alternative to the invasive surgical treatments of the past, including the extensive recovery that spine surgery previously required. Today, with the use of small incisions and advanced technology, surgeons are able to use techniques that allow for quicker recovery.

Minimally invasive surgery is the treatment of choice whenever possible. And the good news for patients is that techniques keep improving. Dr. Keenen specializes in minimally invasive procedures and makes it his personal goal to avoid extensive spine surgery when possible. Dr. Keenen offers:

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

If you are a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery, you may reap the following benefits:

  • Less blood loss
  • Less, if any, time spent in the hospital
  • Quicker recovery time
  • Decreased stress on your body
  • Reduced risks of damage
  • Access for patients previously unable to undergo back surgery
  • Reduced costs

Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques

Some of the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques can be performed as outpatient procedures, meaning you may be able to go home on the same day the procedure is performed. This is due to minimally invasive spine surgery techniques being much less invasive than traditional back and spine surgeries.

For example, Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (XLIF), which is a procedure used to alleviate symptoms of degenerative disc disease, is performed through an incision in the patient’s side to avoid major muscles in the back. Through the use of a microscope, the instrumentation placement is guided with the use of a fluoroscopy machine, which is a special x-ray. Additionally, a low radiation dose protocol is used which is safer than standard techniques.

Advancements in Endoscopic Procedures

Dr. Keenen at Pacific Spine Specialists stays abreast of the technological advancements in minimally invasive spine surgery techniques. Over the past 10 years, astounding accomplishments have been achieved in the area of endoscopic procedures.

A few examples include:

  • Spinal fusion procedures that need one-half to one-inch-long incisions
  • Percutaneous insertion of clamps, rods and screws through small incisions
  • Damaged disc removal from small incisions
  • Intraoperative X-ray imaging for precise computer-guided placement of hardware into the spine with no extra cuts
  • Microscopes inserted into the tiny incisions to provide an excellent view of your nerves

Say Yes to Pacific Spine Specialists

If you are ready for a year of no pain, look no further than Pacific Spine Specialists. Dr. Keenen specializes in Minimally Invasive Surgery which leaves the strong muscle fiber intact with the spine. Dr. Keenen has studied with national experts on minimally invasive techniques and advocates the use whenever possible. However, only a consultation regarding your specific case will be able to reveal whether endoscopy is appropriate for you, so contact us today.