Minimally invasive neurosurgery is a procedure that uses small or no incisions to treat a range of neurological conditions. Compared to traditional neurosurgery with larger incisions, minimally invasive neurosurgery often results in a quicker recovery and less risk of infection. Call (702) 616-4900 or Find a Doctor online who provides neurological care at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals.
Types of Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery
The most commonly performed minimally invasive neurosurgery techniques include:
- Minimally invasive lumbar, thoracic, or cervical surgery, which repairs orthopedic and other spinal conditions through smaller incisions than the ones typically used in traditional open back surgery.
- Endoscopic neurosurgery, using a flexible scope inserted through a small skin incision or the nasal cavity.
- Microcraniotomy, in which surgeons gain access to the brain cavity through a small incision in the skull and scalp. In traditional craniotomy, the surgeon removes a significantly larger piece of the skull to perform the operation.
Why is Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery Performed?
Spine and brain conditions that may be treated with minimally invasive neurosurgery include:
Orthopedic spine conditions, including spinal stenosis, herniated or ruptured spinal discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal arthritis, and bone spurs
What to Expect During Endoscopic Brain Surgery & Other Minimally Invasive Brain Surgeries
Minimally invasive neurosurgery takes place in a Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospital or surgical center, depending on the specific condition. Not every person with a neurological condition is a candidate for minimally invasive neurosurgery.
Before your procedure, you may receive sedation or general anesthesia. You may be able to go home the same day or you may need to spend one or more nights in the hospital afterwards. Because of the variability involved, your doctor will tell you what to expect so you can plan accordingly.
Recovery After Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
In general, minimally invasive neurosurgery results in faster recovery, less pain, and less noticeable scars compared to traditional neurosurgery. However, every person’s experience is different.
Recovery time depends greatly on the specific surgery, additional treatments you may need after surgery, and your overall health. For instance, minimally invasive spine surgery will likely involve physical therapy to maximize your mobility and help you make a full recovery.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offers minimally invasive neurosurgery in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.