Dr. Michael Thomas, a neurosurgeon in private practice, has 25 years of professional experience. In that time, neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Thomas has developed and pursued a focus on minimally invasive spinal surgery.
By definition, minimally invasive spinal surgery indicates a procedure that uses special equipment to reduce the disturbance to surrounding tissue. The term is applicable to a number of individual procedures, including vertebral fusion and decompression, though most make use of a tool called a tubular retractor. This small device passes through soft tissue and spreads the muscles so that the surgeon can insert the necessary devices that allow him or her to perform the specific procedure. Fluoroscopic images of the patient’s tissues guide the surgeon’s movements and magnify the surgical area.
These techniques allow surgeons to offer common surgical interventions with less blood loss and reduced risk of damage to the muscle. Many patients experience less postoperative pain and thus need less medication to control discomfort. Rehabilitation is often faster as compared to traditional surgery, while the use of a smaller incision minimizes scarring.