Dr. Barba shares if minimally invasive spine surgery can be used to repair herniated discs.
So herniated disc can be fixed with minimally invasive surgery, and now there’s a number of different ways to do that. Traditional ways would involve a small incision in the back, which is a technique I use. That surgery takes approximately 60 minutes and the patient is able to leave the hospital same day or the next day. But yes, minimally invasive spine surgery is a very good treatment for herniated discs.
In 90% of the patients a herniated disc treated with minimally invasive spine surgery will be out of the hospital in less than a day, would be able to be back at their usual job within a week or two. So the recovery time is very short and much shorter than traditional open operations.
Minimally invasive spine surgery for herniated disc is a covered procedure. It’s well accepted, and your insurance will pay for it.
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.