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Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist

South Denver Spine & Robotics, P.C.

Orthopedic Spine Surgery & Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery located in Castle Rock & Centennial, CO & Garden City, KS

If you have a spine problem that need surgical repair, you owe it to yourself to learn if you’re a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery. At South Denver Spine & Robotics, P.C., Zak Ibrahim, MD, specializes in minimally invasive procedures, including robotic surgery using one of today’s most advanced devices, the Mazor Robotics Renaissance™ and the Globus ExcelciusGPS® robotic platform. If you have questions about minimally invasive surgery or need to schedule an appointment, call the office in Centennial or Castle Rock, Colorado, or Garden City, Kansas, or use the online booking tool today.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is distinguished from conventional surgery by the size of the incision and the limited nature of the dissection. A minimally invasive procedure uses a few very small incisions, while conventional surgery uses one large incision.

During minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Ibrahim visualizes your spine using an operating microscope or endoscope. Then he performs your surgery using slim tools that go through the endoscope or one of the incisions.

Is minimally invasive surgery done with robotics?

As a specialist in new technology, Dr. Ibrahim often performs robotic surgery using the Mazor Robotics Renaissance guidance system. This system gives him advanced tools for planning your surgery and provides real-time guidance during surgery that ensures your procedure occurs with exceptional precision. 

Dr. Ibrahim is one of the few spinal surgeons nationwide who routinely combines the technologies of minimally invasive surgery with robotically-guided surgery. Dr. Ibrahim has spent significant time and effort in perfecting his technique and is frequently asked to speak on his methods (several of which are patented). Dr. Ibrahim spends a significant amount of time educating other surgeons around the country about his techniques.

When might I need minimally invasive surgery?

Dr. Ibrahim may recommend minimally invasive surgery to treat a wide range of spine conditions, including:

  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Pinched nerves
  • Compression fractures
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spinal infections
  • Spinal fractures

Not every person is a good candidate, but for those who qualify, Dr. Ibrahim can treat most spine conditions with minimally invasive surgery.

What type of minimally invasive spine surgery might I receive?

Most procedures that once required open surgery can now utilize minimally invasive techniques. For example, Dr. Ibrahim may do any of the following spine procedures:

  • Microdiscectomy
  • Spinal fusion
  • Anterior cervical discectomy
  • Artificial disc replacement
  • Nerve decompression
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Kyphoplasty

These procedures alleviate your pain and restore spinal stability by decompressing pinched nerves, removing damaged discs, or fusing bones together.

What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery causes less trauma compared to conventional open surgery. As a result, you can expect to have:

  • Less bleeding during surgery
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Less pain after surgery
  • Shorter recovery period
  • Faster return to your usual activities
  • Minimal scarring

In most cases, Dr. Ibrahim doesn’t cut through any of the supporting muscles when performing minimally invasive surgery. Instead, he uses a tubular retractor that gently separates the fibers and creates an opening for the instruments. When he finishes your procedure, he removes the retractor, and your muscles go back to normal. 

Schedule an appointment today by calling South Denver Spine & Robotics, P.C., or use the convenient online booking system to explore minimally invasive surgery in greater detail.