Dr. Barba discusses the difference between recovering from standard spine surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery.
With minimally invasive decompression surgery, because the incision is smaller, you are able to take a shower right after the day of surgery. You have stitches that are on the inside so you don’t have to have any stitches removed, so your wound healing is a lot faster and your pain is a lot less.
For minimally invasive spine surgery, your incision is about this big. With standard surgery your incision is about this big, and so with the smaller incision, you are able to get out of bed sooner, get out of the hospital sooner. You are able to take a shower right after the surgery and you are back to regular activity within two weeks and back to lifting in about six weeks after your surgery.
About Dr. Barba, M.D.:
Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, Dr. David Barba is a member of numerous professional societies including the San Diego Academy of Neurological Surgeons, the Western Neurological Society, and the Research Society of Neurological Surgeons. He is currently serving as associate professor in the Division of Neurological Surgery in the Department of Surgery at UCSD.