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  • Spine
  • Elbow
  • Hand & Wrist
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Foot & Ankle

We encourage our patients to educate themselves about minimally invasive treatment options. Click on the body part you want to learn more about!

What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is a surgery minimizing surgical incisions to reduce trauma to the body. This type of surgery is usually performed using thin-needles and an endoscope to visually guide the surgery.  The indications for minimally invasive surgery are the same as those for traditional open surgery.  Surgery is usually recommended only when a period of nonsurgical treatment — such as medications and physical therapy — has not relieved the painful symptoms caused by the injury or condition. 

Types of Minimally Invasive Surgery

There are numerous minimally invasive surgeries including but not limited to:
tendon and ligament repair, joint reconstruction and replacement, treatments for herniated disc and spinal stenosis, repairing a fracture, and injections.
In most cases minimally invasive surgeries require smaller incisions, cause less muscle damage, and can lead to quick recoveries. 

Neck

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The cervical spine or neck is made up of 7 vertebrae (C1-C7).  The cervical vertebrae work with the muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons to provide support, structure and stabilization to the neck.  They also support the weight of the head. Minimally invasive surgery can treat many neck conditions including:

Follow the links below to learn more about minimally invasive treatments for the neck.

Shoulder

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Shoulder injuries are frequently caused by athletic activities that involve excessive, repetitive, overhead motion, such as swimming, tennis, pitching, and weightlifting. Injuries can also occur during everyday activities such as gardening, hanging pictures and house cleaning. Minimally invasive surgery can treat many shoulder conditions including:

Follow the links below to learn more about minimally invasive treatments for the shoulder.

Spine

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The thoracic and lumbar spine provides the main support for your body, allowing you to stand upright, bend, and twist, while protecting the spinal cord from injury. A healthy spine provides strength, is flexible, and allows movement in several planes. Strong bones and muscles, flexible tendons and ligaments, and sensitive nerves contribute to a healthy spine. Yet, any of these structures affected by strain, injury, or disease can cause pain. Minimally invasive surgery can treat many spine conditions including:

Follow the links below to learn more about minimally invasive treatments for the spine.

Elbow

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The elbow is a hinge joint consisting of three bones. All three of these bones are in contact with each other. The joint is surrounded and lined by cartilage, muscles, and tendons that provide support, stability, and ease of movement. The elbow joint allows for the extension, flexion, and rotation of the arm. The range of motion is dependent upon the proper articulation of the elbow joint. Minimally invasive surgery can treat many elbow conditions including:

Follow the links below to learn more about minimally invasive treatments for the elbow.

Hand & Wrist

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Our hands serve many purposes. Hands help us eat, dress, write, earn a living, create art, and do many other activities. To do these activities, our hands require sensation and movement, such as joint motion, tendon gliding, and muscle contraction. When a problem takes place in the hand, care must be given to all the different types of tissues that make function of the hand possible. Minimally invasive surgery can treat many hand and wrist conditions including:

Visit our video library below to learn more about minimally invasive hand and wrist procedures.

Hip

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The hip joint is made up of two bones: the pelvis and the femur (the thighbone). It is the largest ball-and-socket joint in your body. Many powerful muscles connect to and cross by the hip joint, making it possible for us to accelerate quickly during actions like walking, running and jumping. Minimally invasive surgery can treat many hip conditions including:

Follow the links below to learn more about minimally invasive treatments for the hip.

Knee

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The knee is the largest joint in the body, and one of the most easily injured. It is made up of the lower end of the thighbone (femur), which rotates on the upper end of the shinbone (tibia), and the knee cap (patella), which slides in a groove on the end of the femur. The knee also contains large ligaments, which help control motion by connecting bones and by bracing the joint against abnormal types of motion. Minimally invasive surgery can treat many knee conditions including:

Follow the links below to learn more about minimally invasive treatments for the knee. 

Foot & Ankle

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The human foot is incredibly complex in its structures and function. The ankle serves as the foundation, shock absorber and is the driving force for forward motion. The foot can sustain enormous pressure (several tons over the course of a one-mile run) and provides flexibility and resiliency. These components work together to provide the body with support, balance, and mobility. Minimally invasive surgery can treat many foot and ankle conditions including:

Follow the links below to learn more about minimally invasive treatments for the foot and ankle.

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What are the benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Because minimally invasive surgery does not involve a long incision, it avoids significant muscle and tissue damage. Typically, this results in less pain after surgery and a faster recovery. Other benefits can include less scarring, less pain - and subsequently less pain medications, lower risk of infection, reduced blood loss, and same day return home.

Interactive Patient Education

We want to help you understand your diagnosis and treatment options. From neck to toes, muscles and bones, we have the information you need to feel confident throughout your treatment journey. Whether you want to research a treatment prior to seeing a physician or want to learn more about your diagnosis and the aspects of your care after your visit, our extensive clinical video library will provide you with the answers you are looking for.
Just click on the body part you want to learn more about above!

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