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Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2014

Medical Minute: Minimally invasive spine surgery eases pain and improves recovery.

With Dr. Bradley Hall

Bradley HallIf debilitating back or neck pain, or a spinal disorder, is limiting your quality of life, you may be a candidate for computer-assisted, minimally invasive spine surgery at Blount Memorial. For eligible patients, this highly specialized surgery is a safer, more-precise and less-aggressive option than traditional open spine surgery. Blount Memorial board-certified osteopathic surgeon and neurosurgeon Dr. Bradley Hall explains.
“A lot of people are averse to any kind of neck or back surgery because of the invasive nature of traditional spinal procedures,” Hall says. “Over time, we have evolved the technologies and techniques to the point where we can do the same procedures throughout the spine using smaller incisions. This results in a quicker recovery time, less trauma to surrounding tissue and less need for pain medication.”
In general, the minimally invasive approach involves making an incision as little as a half-inch long, and inserting specialized instruments or probes to access and repair damaged areas of the spine. Computer-assisted technology, such as computer navigation and nerve monitoring, helps guide the surgeon, which improves precision and produces the best-possible outcomes.
Adds Hall, “For patients, one of the biggest benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery is a shorter hospital stay, likely only one or two days. That means you can get back to work and to your life a lot quicker than you would have with traditional open spine surgery.”
Potential candidates for minimally invasive spine surgery include people with severe back or neck pain, herniated disc, spinal stenosis, sciatica or a degenerative disc disease. Only neurosurgeons specially trained in this highly technical approach can perform the procedures.
Hall completed a Complex and Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery Fellowship at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He also received additional training in minimally invasive techniques at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the world’s most comprehensive research center dedicated to finding more-effective treatments, and eventually a cure, for paralysis.
If you have been told in the past that your back or neck condition requires traditional open spine surgery, the computer-assisted, minimally invasive technique available at Blount Memorial may be an option. For more information or to schedule an initial consultation, call Dr. Hall at 865-984-3864.

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