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What is stitchless spine surgery?

Stitchless spine surgery, also known as minimally invasive spine surgery, is a surgical technique that involves making smaller incisions and using specialized instruments to perform spine surgery with less tissue disruption and minimal scarring compared to traditional open surgery.

In stitchless spine surgery, the surgeon uses specialized instruments and techniques to access the spine through small incisions, typically less than one inch in length. This approach reduces the damage to surrounding tissues and muscles, leading to less pain, less blood loss, and a shorter recovery time compared to traditional open surgery.

Some of the common procedures performed using stitchless spine surgery include discectomy, laminectomy, and spinal fusion. These procedures are used to treat conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease.

The benefits of stitchless spine surgery include:

  1. Reduced Pain: The smaller incisions used in stitchless spine surgery result in less tissue damage, leading to less pain and discomfort after the procedure.

  2. Faster Recovery: Stitchless spine surgery allows patients to return to their normal activities sooner than traditional open surgery.

  3. Less Scarring: The smaller incisions used in stitchless spine surgery result in minimal scarring compared to traditional open surgery.

  4. Lower Risk of Complications: Stitchless spine surgery has a lower risk of complications, such as infections and bleeding, than traditional open surgery.

However, stitchless spine surgery is not suitable for everyone. Patients with severe spinal deformities, extensive spinal damage, or other medical conditions may require traditional open surgery. It's important to discuss with your doctor which surgical approach is best for you.

In conclusion, stitchless spine surgery is a safe and effective surgical technique that can provide many benefits for patients with spinal conditions. If you are considering spine surgery, talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of stitchless spine surgery and whether it's the right treatment option for you.

Dr Om Patil is a endoscopic spine surgeon In Mumbai practicing Orthopedics in Mumbai's Dadar and Chembur Area

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