Dispelling Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery Myths

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North American Spine Society
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A board-certified neurosurgeon, Ilyas Munshi, MD, treats patients out of his private practice in Lafayette, Louisiana. In addition to other procedures, he specializes in treating brain tumors and spinal injuries. Dr. Ilyas Munshi is also an active member of the North American Spine Society.

Minimally invasive spinal surgery is a delicate topic to broach, so it’s no surprise that there is a lot of misinformation out there surrounding the topic. Here are three common myths about the procedure and why they are wrong.

Spinal surgery is the last resort

Having surgery on one’s spine can be a frightening proposition. That’s why it’s common for people to try any and all other treatments before deciding to go ahead with a surgery. Some conditions, however, require surgical intervention. Minimally invasive spinal surgery is a commonly used technique in these instances.

Spinal surgery means a long recovery

With advances in minimally invasive procedures, the recovery time for spinal surgery has been reduced significantly. Some patients who receive minimally invasive spinal surgery are even discharged on the same day.

Lasers are just as good as spine surgery

There have been no studies that prove lasers are as effective as surgery for the spine. Additionally, there are no health authorities in the United States who recommend lasers. There simply is no evidence that lasers offer alternative solutions to spinal surgery.