Minimally invasive lateral technique spinal fusion surgery is an inpatient hospital procedure that typically requires a one or two day hospital stay. The surgical approach is from the side of the person, rather than from the more traditional front or back approaches. The surgeon uses real-time nerve localizing and monitoring technology, as well as X-ray guidance during the procedure.
First, the surgeon makes a small incision on the side flank. Dilators that provide electromyographic (EMG) data navigate the surgeon towards the spine. Retractors gently spread the muscles to access the spine.
Once the appropriate area of the spine is reached, the required surgery can be performed. Finally, the retractors are removed, and the incisions are closed.
Because only a small incision is required and muscles are spared, recovery from minimally invasive lateral technique spine surgery is much faster and less painful than with traditional spinal surgery methods. Patients are able to walk within hours of spine surgery, and only a short hospital stay is needed.