Advantages of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery


Jeremy R. James, MD on Today’s Spinal Procedures

“Oh, my aching back!” Just about everyone has, or will, experience back pain. In fact, chronic back pain affects 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives. While we can easily relate to the experience of back pain, the diagnosis and treatment options remain a mystery for most.

Every week I see patients from the Tangipahoa Parish and St. Tammany Parish areas suffering from back pain and undiagnosed spinal conditions. Some spine conditions are treatable through nonsurgical methods, but certain conditions of the spine such as Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated Discs and Spondylolisthesis may require surgery to fully relieve pain. There are many procedures available to patients today. As fellowship trained Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon I am familiar with all of them. My area of expertise is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. This approach has many advantages over traditional, “Open” procedures and is incredibly beneficial for the patient.

Advantages of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

Minimally Invasive Means Smaller Incisions

In a procedure such as a Micro Discectomy, the incision is actually less than ½ inch. I am able to work through such a tiny incision because of the technically advanced equipment now available to spinal surgeons. Advanced imaging techniques allow me to safely and accurately see the spine without the need for large incisions. No large incisions means the patient avoids complications like infections, excessive blood loss and scars.

Smaller Incisions Create Less Pain

After a minimally invasive spine surgery, such as a Microlaminectomy or Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion used to treat Spondylolisthesis, patients can expect less pain related to the procedure. Less pain means less recovery time and less need for narcotics.

Reduced Tissue Damage Means Reduced Blood Loss

Older, traditional surgeries require a long incision to open the back. Usually this incision cuts through muscle, which takes a long time to heal. By dilating through the muscle and tissue, we can make smaller incisions during a minimally invasive spine surgery. Smaller incisions mean reduced blood loss, less tissue damage and no transfusions.

Shorter Hospital Stay and Rehab

The procedures I perform are not only easier on your body, they are less disruptive to your life. After a minimally invasive surgery patients see a very quick return to normal activities. After many procedures the patient is able to go home on the same day, often needing no more than a Band-Aid. Smaller incisions and less cutting of tissues means less to heal, less pain and fewer complications. In Outdoor Journalist Don Dubuc’s video testimonial, he tells the story about climbing a tree three days after his procedure!

More Accurate than Old Back Surgery Techniques

After years of training with the highly specialized surgical and video equipment, my work is incredibly accurate and precise. I am able to avoid unnecessary damage to muscle and tissue. For the patient this means less pain, less rehab, fewer complications and reduced overall medical expenses.

Spinal conditions like Stenosis, Sciatica, Radiculopathy, Herniated Discs and Spondylolisthesis are treatable, often with a minimally invasive surgical technique. I’m always excited to tell patients that their back pain doesn’t have to run their life, and that back surgery doesn’t have to be a scary ordeal.

Minimally invasive surgery means the very latest technology and surgical techniques are applied in the treatment of the most common, painful spinal conditions. My patients experience dramatically smaller incisions, significantly less pain, minimal risk of infection, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery.

Don’t Back Down. Stand up to Spine Pain Today.

Jeremy R. James, MD, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon

Jeremy R. James, MD, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon

I have patients in the Covington, Madisonville, Mandeville, Franklinton, Amite, Hammond, Ponchatoula, Robert and Denham Springs areas find relief from back pain. On follow-up visits, the #1 thing I hear is “Why did I wait so long?” If you have questions about your chronic back pain or an existing spinal condition, or if you’d like to know more about minimally invasive surgeries, don’t wait another minute. I’ll be happy to discuss the options which can improve your quality of life now. Contact me at (985)400-5778 to request a consultation today.

About the Doctor

Jeremy R. James, MD is a fellowship trained Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon specializing in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. He has trained in Total Disc Replacements of the Cervical and Lumbar Spines. Dr. James is a member of The North American Spine Society and The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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