Gil Tepper, MD, FACS -  - Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Gil Tepper, MD, FACS

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon located in Sherman Oaks, CA & Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles, CA

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Specialist

Whether you’re considering major or minimally-invasive spine surgery, entrusting a respected expert like Dr. Gil Tepper of the Valley Spine Center, with offices in the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles and Sherman Oaks, California, is imperative to insuring optimum results. Dr. Tepper has performed numerous minimally invasive spine surgeries with great results for patients throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Q & A

by Gil Tepper, MD, FACS

What are the Advantages of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery reduces the average hospital stay by 50 percent. A typical endoscopic discectomy sees a patient going home on the same day of surgery. Lumbar fusion surgery typically requires a hospital stay of five to seven days while minimally invasive Lumbar fusion allows a patient to go home in two to three days.

Added advantages are that the immediate post-operative experience entails less pain and patients can return more quickly to normal activities once they leave the hospital. Patients with sedentary jobs and lifestyles can usually return to part-time work within one to two weeks after a minimally invasive discectomy. Return to normal activities after a fusion typically in four to six weeks.

Who is a Candidate for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

The majority of surgeries today can usually be treated with minimally invasive surgery. Patients should be aware that there are some conditions such as tumors, some infections, and high-degree scoliosis that still require standard open surgery. A patient’s overall condition and particular spinal problem determine if they are a good candidate for minimally invasive spinal surgery.

How is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Done?

Minimally invasive spine surgery employs a number of advanced techniques including endoscopes, lasers, operating microscopes, as well as computer-assisted navigation systems. Procedures that once required large openings instead require small openings. The individual condition and the surgery needed determines the type of advanced technology used.

Does This Still Require Wearing a Brace or Having Physical Therapy?

A brace is provided after surgery for the purpose of comfort only. Minimally invasive techniques that preserve muscle function combined with specialized implants that act as an internal brace allow patients to avoid using a brace unless desired. Most patients only wear the brace continually during the first couple of weeks to improve pain but wear one only occasionally afterward.

Physical therapy is an important aspect of speedy recovery. In most cases, physical therapy begins two to six weeks after surgery, depending on the type of surgery performed and the person’s overall condition.


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