What is One Stitch Back Surgery?

One Stitch Back Surgery

One stitch back surgery, also known as “Band-Aid Back Surgery” is a special surgical procedure used to treat people that have been suffering from lower back pain. The condition known as lumbar spinal stenosis or LSS is a disease that over 1.2 million Americans are diagnosed with each year. It is very common to see this disease take root in people that are over the age of 50. Some common symptoms of LSS are a lower back pain that can usually be relieved if the person performs actions that cause them to lean forward, or sitting down.

 This “Band-Aid” procedure has been taking root in many clinics and is a low impact procedure that has been able to fill the gap in treatment options available to people suffering from LSS or other types of lower back pain. The clinical term for the procedure is minimally invasive lumbar decompression or minimally invasive spine surgery.

 The Treatment Gap

 Traditionally, patients suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis had to choose between non invasive procedures such as medications and chiropractic care or major spinal surgery including fusion procedures and open laminectomy. This has caused a problem in many cases as the medications and chiropractic therapy could only help to manage the pain, but it would never fully treat or be able to cure the issue, and many patients were not experiencing sufficient problems that would truly warrant a full invasive procedure. Consequently, for years, millions of LSS patients have been living and managing pain constantly. This is gap that the minimally invasive lumbar decompression treatment or “Band-Aid” procedure has been able to fill.

 How is Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression Performed

 The nickname for this procedure takes route in that the patient is given a very small incision no larger than a baby aspirin, and the doctor then inserts specialized tools into the opening to remove the small pieces of bone and excess ligament that has been causing the spinal canal to become narrowed (the cause of the pain for LLS patients). The doctor uses special imaging to be able to monitor the procedure and allow the space to be restored and relieve the compression of the nerves. The procedure generally requires no general anesthesia to perform, and usually requires no stitches to finish, hence the nickname “Band-Aid.” Sometimes only one small stick will be needed depending on the outcome of the procedure. 

 This is classified as an outpatient procedure, and most patients are able to feel relief almost immediately and can return home with improved mobility.

 Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Right for You?

 If you are suffering from LSS-like symptoms, then it is important that you talk with your doctor to make sure to ascertain the full extent of the condition. There may be other factors causing you the pain you may be suffering so it is important to determine these causes prior to choosing to have the Minimally Invasive Back Surgery procedure done. Currently the procedure is being done in very limited locations as it is still a new treatment option, be responsible as you discuss and plan your options. The good news is that the procedure has a very low complication rate, and many patients are able to have as much as 53% improvement in pain reduction and mobility.