Spinal injuries are incredibly individualized to the patient. Thus, treatment options must also be entirely dependent upon the patient and their anatomy. There is not necessarily a particular definable instance in which open surgery lends itself to be more useful than MIS (minimally invasive surgery). Additionally, there is not one particular population of patients that can be said with certainty to need open surgery as their treatment. Treatment depends upon multiple mitigating factors, and a course of treatment must be decided by the patient and caregiver.
Why might I require open surgery?
Open surgery might seem scary, but in some instances, it is the only feasible option to alleviate not only your pain but your frustrations as well. Open surgery is just that…open. The surgeon can physically see the affected area and is able to make decisions based on their actual view of the injury. In contrast, MIS is almost entirely blind to the surgeon and is led typically by X-ray technology. This difference in viewpoint might seem minor, however, in some instances, this limited view can be dangerous due to the anatomy of a patient.
As we discussed above, each patient is entirely individualized. So, in some instances, it is not uncommon to come across a patient with aberrant anatomy. Minimally invasive surgery would not typically work for someone with abnormal or unexpected anatomy because of the limited viewpoint. Flying somewhat blindly would be incredibly dangerous in a plane, and the same goes for your body. In cases of non-standard anatomies, open surgery is often the only option.
What are some advantages to open surgery?
One of the paramount advantages to open surgery is the extensive view of the affected area. By being able to see the entirety of the injury, your caregiver will be equipped to diagnose your injury effectively. Diagnosis can be difficult for the patient and doctor alike, however the more extensive the view on the injury, the more effective the diagnosis. Furthermore, this open availability allows for the doctor to completely remove affected tissues if necessary. Yes, open surgery can be scary. However, in some instances, it is the best option for the patient and the future of their spinal health.
Where do I go from here?
Now that we have discussed both minimally invasive and open surgery options, you might be curious as to the next step in your treatment journey. We highly recommend meeting with your specialist one on one and discussing what is best for you and your spinal health, as well as the best treatment option for your bodily anatomy and injury. Being healthy and happy is of the utmost importance, and Dr. Berg wants to help all his patients flourish in their newfound relief. If you are struggling with a spinal injury, make an appointment with Dr. Berg and begin your treatment journey today!