How the Lumbar AccuraScope Procedure Compares
Patients need to be informed about the differences between various spine surgery techniques. AccuraScope™ Procedure is a natural opening, minimally invasive spine procedure which can prevent traditional open spine surgery and is superior to other so-called minimally invasive techniques.
Other “Minimally Invasive” Techniques Are More Invasive
Other so-called “minimally invasive” techniques are very different from the AccuraScope procedure performed by North American Spine. The other procedures are more invasive; they may damage and/or remove healthy tissue, and even worsen Degenerative Disc Disease. They must rely on the poor diagnostic value of the MRI, and require multiple surgeries to treat multiple levels of the spine. Other minimally invasive procedures cannot remove scar tissue, and therefore are usually not indicated when a patient has had previous surgery or suffers from spinal stenosis. The AccuraScope is less invasive than other minimally invasive procedures.
Open Spine Surgery Means a Long, Painful Recovery
Open spine surgery is a high risk surgery with a poor success rate and a long, painful recovery time. Relying on the MRI, which has a poor diagnostic value, open spine surgery damages the skin, muscle, ligaments, bone, blood vessels, nerves, and normal disc tissue, and weakens the spine by damaging all of its supporting structures. Open spine surgery also causes significant scar tissue.
|AccuraScope Procedure||Other Minimally Invasive Surgery||Traditional Spine Surgery|
|Diagnostic Value:||Extremely High||None||None|
|Minimal Risk||Minimal Risk||Significant Risk|
|Tissue Damage:||Little to None||Moderate/Significant||Extensive|
|Anesthesia||Monitored Sedation||Variable||General Anesthesia|