Personalized treatments for people with back pain and spine disorders
Published: Nov. 15, 2010
Updated: Nov. 17, 2010
Minimally invasive spine surgery is a type of spinal surgery that is performed through a thin tube called an endoscope, or with the operating microscope. A series of small incisions are made to perform the surgery, as opposed to one long one.
Speak with your physician if you are interested in learning more about the types of minimally invasive procedures available at the Duke Spine Center.
In most cases you will be in the hospital for a period of two to four days following minimally invasive spine surgery. Your hospital stay will depend greatly on the type of procedure that was performed and the progress you are making.
The recovery time depends on what type of surgery was performed. Some patients will be able to resume preoperative activities within a few weeks. For others it may take longer.
Some patients may be referred for physical therapy to increase range of motion and to assist with activities of daily living.