Dr. Alberto Marqués, head of the endoscopic surgery unit at Policlínica Guipúzcoa and member of Top Doctors, has introduced endoscopic surgery in spinal fusions. This new technology has the advantages of minimally invasive surgery, such as a smaller surgical approach and a faster recovery for the patient.
A spinal fusion, or spinal arthrodesis, is a surgery designed to permanently join vertebrae together to maintain alignment and provide stability and strength, that is, to correct spinal instability.
Pathologies such as arthritis, some injuries, disc herniation, spondylosis or simple natural wear and tear can cause some of the bones of the spine to slip or slip out of place. The treatment for these cases may be a spinal fusion to reduce or end the pain. In fact, most lower back pain can receive an effective solution.
Dr. Marqués introduces endoscopic surgery in spinal fusions with the advantages of minimally invasive surgery. This new technology allows surgery to be performed through a smaller approach. Through a camera, placed close to the incision to enlarge the working field, it allows a wider view to be obtained.
What are the advantages of endoscopic surgery in spinal fusions?
The main advantages offered by this surgical advance are:
- A simpler and less aggressive approach for the patient’s structures.
- Lower risk of infection.
- Less postoperative pain.
- Faster patient recovery.
- Better aesthetic aspect, since the scar does not exceed 1.5 – 2 centimeters.
On the other hand, endoscopic surgery makes it possible to operate on elderly patients as opposed to open or traditional surgery, which imposes limitations. The age or physical condition limit disappears.