Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Shawn  Hermenau, MD -  - Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon

Desert Spine Institute

Shawn Hermenau, MD

Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon & Aesthetic Clinic located in Yuma, AZ

Choosing to have spine surgery is a major decision that can greatly affect your quality of life. Learn about minimally invasive spine surgeries from Shawn Hermenau, MD, a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon and specialist in minimally invasive surgeries. Located in Yuma, Arizona at Desert Spine Institute, Dr. Hermenau provides comprehensive case evaluation, minimally invasive surgeries, and pre- and postoperative care to help you get your life back. Set up a consultation today by phone or the online tool to learn more.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

What is a minimally invasive spine surgery?

Minimally invasive spine surgery is a form of surgery that utilizes tiny incisions to access the spine for the purposes of stabilizing the vertebral bones and joints or relieving pressure on the spinal nerves from herniated discs, bone spurs, or spinal tumors. Dr. Hermenau accesses and treats the spine percutaneously – or through the skin – rather than making large incisions and detaching muscles and connective tissues from the adjacent structures, like an open surgery.

Dr. Hermenau uses computer tomography (CT) to guide surgeries for the greatest level of accuracy and robotic technology to ensure the treatment is safe, effective, and efficient. This allows for better surgical outcomes and recovery experiences for patients.

What are the benefits of a minimally invasive spine surgery?

When compared to traditional open surgeries, minimally invasive spine surgeries offer the following benefits:

  • Better cosmetic results from smaller skin incisions
  • Less blood loss from surgery
  • Reduced risk of muscle damage since muscles are left undisturbed
  • Reduced risk of infection and postoperative pain
  • Faster recovery and less rehabilitation required after surgery
  • Less need for pain medications following surgery

Dr. Hermenau also offers complete pre- and postoperative care, including rehabilitation, pain management, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy. This allows for a smooth transition through the surgical process so you experience the best results and treatment possible.

What conditions can a minimally invasive spine surgery treat?

While some conditions may require an open surgery, Dr. Hermenau utilizes minimally invasive spine surgeries for the following conditions:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Spinal infections
  • Spinal instability
  • Scoliosis
  • Vertebral compression fractures and other spinal trauma
  • Spinal tumors

For many of these conditions, Dr. Hermenau may first recommend a course of conservative care to determine if surgery is needed. In other situations, including trauma and cancer, care may be urgent so Dr. Hermenau works with local hospitals and cancer centers to ensure your procedure is completed in a timely manner.

Am I a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery?

To determine if you’re a candidate for a minimally invasive spine surgery, Dr. Hermenau begins your consultation with a thorough evaluation of your condition. He discusses your symptoms and medical history, including any treatments you’ve already tried, and performs a physical exam. He may also take X-rays in the office or refer you for an MRI.

After assessing your condition and imaging, Dr. Hermenau determines if you’re a candidate for surgery and discusses treatment options with you.

To set up a consultation and see if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery, call Desert Spine Institute or book online.

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