Learn more about Spinal Fusion Surgery
Compared to just a decade ago, fusions today involve far less trauma to patients.
A traditional open fusion involves a large incision in the back to expose the spine, then cutting through and retracting the thick spinal muscles.
For minimally invasive fusions, the surgeon requires only a small incision (1 to 2 inches) and maneuvers special instruments between the muscles, pushing them aside and protecting them, to reach the spine.
Spinal implants are then placed with specialized techniques through this small incision. Microscopes enable the physician to view the area with magnification, allowing for more surgical precision.
Studies have shown that after minimally invasive fusion, patients experience less blood loss, less postoperative pain, lower risk of infection, shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery; many are able to leave the hospital the day after the procedure, compared to up to a week of hospitalization for traditional surgery. Says Dr. Charitesh Gupta MS, MCh Guinness World Record holder & One of the best Senior Neurosurgeons in Dehradun Uttarakhand.