Non invasive Surgery and Alternative Orthopedic Procedures
A non-invasive surgical procedure is a conservative form of treatment where incision or tissue removal is not required. Depending on the specific health problem being addressed, there are various forms of this kind of treatment, including non-invasive surgery, and other procedures such as heat therapy, physical therapy, chiropractic treatment among others.
One of the most common problems professionally addressed through surgery is the chronic lower back pain. Before your orthopedic doctor recommends and open back surgery or other invasive procedures such as spinal fusion techniques, they will first of all seek to exhaust non-invasive treatment options, especially if your condition is not so pronounced that it requires an immediate surgical operation. There are several types of non-invasive surgery, including laser surgery, which is mostly done using laser beams to remove or burn out tumors and correct skin or dermatological problems.
Even though not applicable all the time, non-invasive laser surgery has been found to help with pain management and release of neuromuscular tension for patients with orthopedic problems. However, it is not as yet regarded as an alternative to invasive procedures such as open back and fusion treatment for back pain. Sometimes it can be combined with other non-invasive therapies like the ones mentioned above. Whether a non-invasive, minimally invasive or invasive surgery is best for you will be determined by your assessment and diagnosis with a board-certified orthopedic surgeon.
Benefits of Non-Invasive Procedures
- Lower Risk of Post Surgical Infection: Since no incisions or cuts into the body tissue are required, the risk of post-surgical side effects such as infection, scarring, excessive bleeding, among others, is highly minimized or possibly eliminated.
- Quicker Recovery and Return to Normal Duties: Research and patient logs reveal that individuals who’re are treated using non-invasive procedures recover more quickly and are able to resume their normal duties within a shorter period of time.
- Lesser Complication Rates: Noninvasive procedures are generally associated with complication rates and are very rare when and if they occur.
- No General Anesthesia: The non-invasive procedures do not require local anesthesia or sedation and are generally less painful.
Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery
For most orthopedic conditions where non-invasive techniques alone won’t work, your board certified orthopedic surgeon will in most cases recommend a minimally invasive procedure, such as endoscopic surgery for lower back pains caused by spinal disc herniation, protrusion, extrusion, or degeneration. During a Selective Endoscopic Discectomy, an only minimal incision is involved so as to allow the surgeon access to the root of the problem. Using a tool called an endoscope, the surgeon is able to visualize and remove the portion of your spinal hernia that is causing the chronic pain. In this form of minimally invasive surgery, patients usually recover faster and are subjected to a lesser risk of post-operation pains and side effects.
Minimally Invasive Surgery Benefits
- Less painful
- Less scarring and tissue destruction
- Low postoperative risks
- Faster recovery
Speak To a Non Invasive Orthopedic Doctor in Chicago Today
Have you been suffering from a back pain, neck pain or any other kind of pain on areas such as the knee, elbow, neck, hand, foot, spine, or shoulder? If yes is your answer, we are here for you! Call Gold Coast Orthopaedic-Spine and Hand Surgery today on (312) 654-8800 or visit our office at 7200 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60645 and book an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialist Dr Robert Fink for assessment advice on the available treatment options including non-invasive and minimally invasive surgery.