Microscopic Spine Surgery
When is microscopic spine surgery needed?
Microscopic spine surgery is recommended for particular spinal conditions such as:
- Degenerative disc disease, where natural changes occur over time reducing the effectiveness of the spinal discs to cushion and provide flexibility
- A herniated disc, where the spinal discs leak fluid or bulges leading to the surrounding nerves to have pressure
- Osteoarthritis, where the vertebrae grind against each other or develop bony spurs which aggravate the nerves
- Spinal stenosis, where the nerve passage narrows causing pain and loss of mobility
- Spinal tumours which may cause pressure to the spinal cord or the surrounding nerves
These conditions may be treated or corrected with the use of spine surgery to mitigate chronic pain and restore functionality and mobility. In cases where microscopic surgery can be used, it is the preferred approach.
How is a microscopic surgery done?
During microscopic spinal surgery you are placed under general anaesthesia, and turned onto your abdomen. Dr Maharaj will make an incision into the spine, nearest to the area of concern. A neurosurgical operating microscope is then used to provide a magnified visual of your spine. This means that the soft tissue and delicate structures around the spine and spinal cord are left undisturbed. Dr Maharaj will then proceed to locate and correct the issue to provide functionality and mobility. After surgery, Dr Maharaj will suture the incision closed.
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