What to Expect Before, During, and After Minimally Invasive Surgery

Thanks to modern medical advances, many spine ailments and injuries can be medically addressed with minimally invasive surgery. In days past, back or neck surgery of any kind always meant days or even weeks in the hospital, followed by long, painful recovery times. These days, minimally invasive procedures can greatly reduce pain and cut hospital stays and recovery times by half or more, enabling the patient to get on with a normal life sooner.

That being said, surgery is still surgery. If you are a good candidate for a minimally invasive procedure, there are still some things you need to know, things you need to do, and things for which you need to be prepared. The following quick guide will give you some insight on what you should expect before, during and after a typical minimally invasive procedure on your neck or back.

Before the Surgery

Optimally, as soon as you and your doctor determine that surgery is the right choice for you, there are things you can do to begin preparing for a successful procedure. Begin as soon as you get on the doctor’s calendar, or even before. Here are some important ways you can prepare:

During the Surgery

Many minimally invasive procedures can be done on an outpatient basis, meaning that provided there are no complications, you may return home the same day. As a rule of thumb, most minimal procedures reduce hospital time by 50 percent or more compared to their more invasive counterparts. Here’s a bit more about what you can expect the day of surgery, and how to prepare:

After the Surgery

While recovery times can be fairly short for minimally invasive surgeries, it may still be 6 weeks or longer before you’re “yourself” again. Here’s what you need to do in the days and weeks following surgery to facilitate a full recovery:


If you are suffering from a spine ailment or injury, Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center can help you determine whether you are a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery. For an appointment, call us at 404-256-2633.

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