Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Specialists

Evergreen Spine and Neurosurgery Center

Neurosurgery located in Shenandoah, TX & Conroe, TX

If you live with severe and debilitating back pain that hasn’t responded to nonsurgical treatments, you might benefit from minimally invasive spine surgery. At Evergreen Spine and Neurosurgery Center in Shenandoah, Texas & Conroe, Texas, Cyril Sebastian, MD, and Derek G. Kroll, DO, use minimally invasive spine surgery techniques whenever appropriate to address your needs. If you’re looking for an expert spine surgeon in the Houston area, call Evergreen Spine and Neurosurgery Center today or make an appointment online.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Q&A

What is minimally invasive spine surgery?

Minimally invasive spine surgery includes innovative surgical instruments and techniques that allow your surgeon to access and repair your spine without having to make a large incision in your body. 

They often use a device called a tubular retractor, which gradually dilates your muscles and other tissue. It’s an alternative to a large surgical incision through several layers of muscle and flesh. Your surgeon uses instruments with long tubes to repair your spine through the small opening. 

At Evergreen Spine and Neurosurgery Center, Dr. Sebastian and Dr. Kroll use minimally invasive techniques to perform spine surgeries, including discectomy, spinal fusion, and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. 

What conditions can be treated with minimally invasive spine surgery?

Dr. Sebastian and Dr. Kroll use minimally invasive spine surgery to correct various spinal problems, such as:

  • Herniated discs
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal tumors
  • Vertebral compression fractures
  • Spinal deformities
  • Instability 
  • Spine infections

If you have chronic and severe back pain that hasn’t gotten better with other treatments, you can ask your physician about minimally invasive spine surgery options. 

What are the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery?

Minimally invasive spine surgery provides several benefits. It typically causes less blood loss and damage to your back muscles and connective tissue. It also has a lower risk of infection. 

Minimally invasive spine surgery also leaves fewer scars, requires shorter recovery times, and is usually less painful than traditional open surgeries. 

How do I know if minimally invasive spine surgery is right for me?

Dr. Sebastian and Dr. Kroll provide thorough exams and diagnostic testing before recommending any spinal treatment. Also, despite its benefits, minimally invasive surgery is not a first-line approach to treating back pain. 

However, if you have persistent back pain that interferes with your life — keeping you up at night, reducing your mobility, or preventing you from going to work — and other treatments haven’t relieved your pain, minimally invasive surgery could be the next step in your treatment plan. 

Call Evergreen Spine and Neurosurgery Center today or make an appointment online if you have chronic or severe back pain and are looking for expert spine surgeons in the Houston area.