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Minimally invasive neurosurgery uses small (or no) incisions to evaluate or repair neurological problems, including those that affect the brain and spine. It often has less risk of infection and may offer a faster recovery when compared with traditional surgery.
Experienced doctors at Dignity Health Southern California perform minimally invasive neurosurgery, including endoscopic neurosurgery, in Southern California at the following locations:
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Conditions often treated with minimally invasive neurosurgery include:
Talk with your doctor to see if minimally invasive neurosurgery is right for you.
You may be given general anesthesia or sedation, depending on the type and location of your procedure. Most people are able to go home the same day after minimally invasive surgery. In some cases, you may spend one or more nights in the hospital while your care team monitors your condition. For any procedure, your doctor will go over the details so you know exactly what to expect and how to prepare.
Types of minimally invasive neurosurgery include:
In general, the benefits of minimally invasive neurosurgery are less pain, a faster recovery, and less noticeable scars compared to more traditional neurosurgery. Your recovery depends your overall health, your specific surgery, and whether you need additional care after your procedure. Physical therapy may be a part of your healing process. Talk with your doctor about what to expect, including how to care for your incision, follow-up care you may need, and when it will be safe to return to normal activities.