Orthopedic surgeons specialize in the musculoskeletal system, effectively treating injuries and chronic conditions that cause pain and mobility issues. At Medicus Spine & Joint, with offices in Brunswick, Georgia; Mount Pleasant and Bluffton, South Carolina; and Gainesville and Jacksonville, Florida, the leading orthopedic surgery specialists offer minimally invasive and complex orthopedic surgery to help their patients overcome chronic debilitating issues. Book an appointment online or call the nearest office to schedule a consultation now.
Orthopedic surgery refers to the full range of minimally invasive and traditional surgeries for musculoskeletal problems.
At Medicus Spine & Joint, orthopedic surgery involves using the least-invasive approach possible. This type of orthopedic surgery resolves most of the same issues as the more-invasive approach with smaller incisions and less trauma.
Medicus Spine & Joint offers comprehensive nonsurgical care, from chiropractic and acupuncture to injections and radiofrequency ablation.
But, for situations in which nonsurgical care doesn’t provide long-lasting results, the expert surgeons may recommend orthopedic surgery. Some of those situations can include:
The Medicus Spine & Joint experts consider every patient individually and always bring you into the decision-making process to ensure that surgery is right for you before scheduling a procedure.
Minimally invasive orthopedic surgery involves one or more fingertip-size incisions. Surgeons place a tubular retractor to hold the incision open. They then place a tiny camera and flexible thin surgical tools into the incision.
Surgeons perform the procedure while watching the operating plane on a screen displaying full-color 3D images. The specifics of the process vary with each condition, but some common procedures include:
Minimally invasive lumbar decompression (MILD®) involves removing excess bone and soft tissue that are narrowing your spinal canal.
Discectomy involves removing part or all of a herniated disk.
Spinal fusion replaces a diseased disk with a bone graft that fuses two vertebrae together. The procedure can follow a discectomy.
Disk replacement places an artificial disk in the space where your diseased disk once was. This procedure may follow a discectomy.
Laminoforaminotomy removes part of the “roof” of the spinal canal and creates additional space where the nerves leave the spinal canal.
Because these procedures usually use the minimally invasive approach, you can expect a shorter hospital stay (usually just a day or two), less pain, and a faster overall recovery than you’d have with traditional approaches.
In the rare cases requiring long incisions and traditional approaches, the surgeons use the most proven techniques, always putting patient health and results first.
Schedule your orthopedic surgery consultation online or call the nearest Medicus Spine & Joint now.