Spinal Fusion (Laparoscopic Assisted)

Cause / Condition
There are numerous spinal afflictions that may or may not require this surgical intervention including degenerative disc disease, herniation, stenosis, osteoporosis, deformities, and fractures.

About the Procedure
The surgical approach to the lumbar spine is begun with two small abdominal incisions by the vascular surgeon to allow the spinal specialist access to perform the fusion and/or insert fusion cages and/or titanium interbody spacers.

Recovery
The minimally invasive technique results in a shorter hospital stay and less postoperative pain and discomfort for the patient, including an improved cosmetic appearance. A faster recovery results in an overall faster resumption of work and normal activities.

Expectations / Experience
Patients can expect an overall faster resumption of work and normal activities as indicated in the comparative table. Laparoscopically assisted spinal fusions are performed at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee.

Laparoscopic techniques for minimally invasive spinal surgery have been developed under the multi-disciplinary team of Drs. Lyle G. Henry, Richard P. Cattey and Stephen E. Robbins. In keeping with the progressive philosophy of MIMIS, outcome results have been reported by Dr. Robbins at both national and international medical conferences and through numerous lectures and programs.

Factor Traditional Laparoscopic
Hospital Stay 4-6 days 1-2 days
Pain during recovery Severe Moderate
Return to work timeframe 3 months 1-2 months
Cosmetic results 6-8" scar 2" scar

For more information contact:

The Milwaukee Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee
2301 N. Lake Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53211

(800) 377-2673

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