Can minimally invasive techniques work with a truly degenerated spine?
Hi. I'm new to the forum. I am a 64 yr old male who has inherited some type of genetic disorder that is disintegrating my spine. I have disk herniations from my cervical to my lumbar spine, virtually in every vertebra. I have stenosis, multiple bone spurs, and a 26 degree scoliosis curvature in my lumbar spine alone, from L1 to L5. I even have a congenital 6th lumbar vertebra, crowding my back.
Until recently, I had some mild back pain I could live with, but now, things have hit the fan. I now have some significant sciatica in one leg, probably coming from L4-L5, and spine surgeons I have visited have said I need surgery now. Given the extent of my problems, they are recommending major surgery and multiple vertebra fusion.
I've heard a lot about minimally invasive surgery being able to do almost anything a full slice surgery can do, and one surgeon I spoke to said I could get MIS to free up my sciatica, but I would like to find out if MIS could be used for multiple vertebra in a degenerated back like mine. For example, could I get a MIS lumbar discectomy and interbody fusion on L5, L4 and perhaps L3, either at once, or on different visits? I would really like to avoid getting my back sliced up with big incisions that take 6 months to heal.
Has anyone heard of multiple vertebra minimally invasive surgeries being done? Thanks in advance