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Minimal Access Surgery / Endoscopic Spine Surgery
Minimal access surgery is completed with one or more small incisions instead of a large incision. The surgeon passes a telescope with a video camera through a small incision (usually only 1/4" long) into a body cavity. The surgeon then views the surgery on a TV monitor. Surgical instruments are then passed through other similar little incisions. The surgeon examines and operates on the area in question by viewing magnified images on a television. When the telescope is used to operate on the abdomen, the procedure is called Minimal Access. When used in the chest, the procedure is called thoracoscopy, and when used in a joint, it is called arthroscopy.
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The smaller incisions are less painful. As a result, we see a decreased need for pain medication, shorter recovery time and better cosmetic result. Patients are able to eat when they feel ready, and there is less internal scarring.
The risks are similar for Minimal Access, open and vaginal surgery. There is always a possibility that the surgeon cannot complete the procedure Minimal Accessally and a larger incision may be needed. This risk is small, as are the risks of bleeding, infection, damage to the bladder, bowel, blood vessels and ureters. With any surgery, there may be unforeseen risks and a potential, but exceedingly rare risk of death.
The day of surgery you will be asked to arrive early where you will meet members of our nursing and anesthesia staff. They will start your IV, and along with your surgeon, review the planned procedure and obtain your consent.
During surgery, pneumatic stockings are used to massage your legs and prevent blood clots. Depending on the procedure you are having, you may receive antibiotics to prevent infection or have a catheter placed after you are asleep.
Generally, you may experience any of these symptoms:
- Scratchy throat, if a breathing tube was placed
- Uterine cramping
- Shoulder pain from the gas used to see during Minimal Access
- Feeling bloated or gassy
- Vaginal bleeding or discharge (like a menses)
This is usually individualized based on the surgery and the patient. Most patients require pain medication for one week following surgery. It may be advised to avoid intercourse, baths, douching, strenuous exercise or heavy lifting (above 15 lbs.) for 4-6 weeks. Many patients choose to return to work at two weeks, provided their job is not physically strenuous.
- Don't drink alcohol or drive for at least 24 hours after surgery.
- You can bathe any time after surgery.
- You can remove the bandage the morning after the surgery. Steri-strips — which look like tape — can be removed two to three days after surgery.
- You can typically return to work three days after surgery. If you need a doctor's letter excusing you from work, please request one at your pre-operative appointment.
- Do not be concerned if your urine is green. A blue dye might have been used to check if your Fallopian tubes are open.