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April 23, 2021

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

by Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group in Spine Care

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery with Dr. Paul Stanton

Welcome to a Medical Minute segment with Dr. Paul Stanton, Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon at Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group as he discusses minimally invasive spine surgery for anterior and posterior lumbar fusions.

What is the difference between anterior and posterior lumbar fusions?

There are multiple avenues in which a surgeon can perform lumbar spine surgery dependent on the type of procedure being done, complexity of the case, the patients current health status, and the patient’s surgical history. These avenues include working through the back, side, or front of an individual’s abdomen.

What is minimally invasive surgery?

The goal of any minimally invasive surgery is to achieve the best outcome possible with the least amount of damage to the surrounding musculature while the surgeon is reconstructing or repairing any damage that has occurred. Preserving the surrounding musculature is key to optimizing a patient’s recovery, getting them back to their normal range of function in an accelerated and less invasive manner.

What type of injuries are good candidates for the anterior or posterior spine surgery methods?

Anterior and Posterior surgery methods can be used for many cases including spinal instability, spinal deformity, collapse, fractures, and trauma.

The spine physicians at Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group believe in customizing treatment plans specific to each patient and their individual case. For those appropriate candidates, conservative care options such as physical therapy, manipulation, or injections may be recommended. In the event a patient has exhausted conservative treatment options, with little to no progress in pain relief, then surgery may be needed to help achieve full recovery.

What is the average recovery time for anterior or posterior spine surgery?

Recovery time varies depending on each case, however the recovery time for lumbar reconstruction, using minimally invasive techniques, averages a few months to a year to achieve full recovery.

With most minimally invasive anterior and posterior lumbar procedures, patients will be required get up and walk on the day of surgery, reducing the chance for complications that can arise from immobility post-surgery.

Patient on a bed while doctor holds a spinal model against her back to describe minimally invasive spine surgery

What is the average hospital stay after this surgery?

It is typical for this surgery to require a hospital stay of one to two nights, which is significantly less than more invasive surgery techniques which require 5-7 days in the hospital.

What is the difference in results and recovery from minimally invasive surgery?

There is a significant difference in the recovery experience between minimally invasive surgery and traditional surgery methods. Because minimally invasive surgery techniques reduce the damage of the surrounding musculatures, patients can return to normal function much quicker than patients that undergo traditional surgery methods.

What age range can undergo anterior or posterior surgery?

Anterior or posterior surgery techniques can be used for individuals of any age. There are a few exceptions depending on a patient’s prior surgical history; however, most can benefit from a minimally invasive surgery technique.

What do your patients say after receiving this type of surgery?

Patients are incredibly excited to get back to their daily routines and be pain free.

Call us today at 719-632-7669 to schedule your appointment with one of the Physicians at Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group! Visit us at www.csog.net to learn more.

The Spine Center Physicians

Paul Staton

Paul Staton, DO

Dr. Paul Stanton is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with surgical expertise in all aspects of spinal surgery, including minimally invasive techniques and complex reconstructive techniques for the cervical spine, adult spinal deformity, and degenerative scoliosis.

>Paul Staton, DO

James M. Bee

James M. Bee, MD

Dr. Bee’s interests include the full range of spinal disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.

>James M. Bee, MD



Roger D. Sung

Roger D. Sung, MD

Dr. Sung is a fellowship-trained and board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in cervical and lumbar surgery, microsurgery, and minimally invasive surgery.

>Roger D. Sung, MD

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