Many of our patients come to see Andrew Casden, MD because we are sensitive to the needs of our patients when they are in pain and requiring help. Our spine doctor, Dr. Casden, will examine the structure and function of the spine and determine specific treatments, helping our patients achieve optimal health through safe, effective, and minimally invasive services, such as minimally invasive spine surgery in NYC.
Spine surgery is traditionally done as “open surgery,” meaning the area being operated on is opened with a long incision to allow the surgeon to view and access the anatomy. In recent years, however, technological advances have allowed more back and neck conditions to be treated with a minimally invasive surgical technique. Because minimally invasive spine surgery in NYC does not involve a long incision, it avoids significant damage to the muscles surrounding the spine. In most cases, this results in less pain after surgery and a faster recovery. Spine surgery is typically recommended only when a period of nonsurgical treatment has not relieved the painful symptoms caused by your back problem. In addition, surgery is only considered if your doctor can pinpoint the exact source of your pain, such as a herniated disk or spinal stenosis. Minimally invasive techniques are beginning to be used for a wider range of spine procedures, and have been used for common procedures like decompression and spinal fusion since the 1990s. Decompression relieves pressure put on spinal nerves by removing portions of bone or a herniated disk. Spinal fusion corrects problems with the small bones of the spine (vertebrae). The basic idea is to fuse together the painful vertebrae so that they heal into a single, solid bone.
At the office of Andrew Casden, MD, our approach to your treatment revolves around paying attention to all the details of the body, not to just the problematic part. If you are experiencing back pain, which is the most common reason our patients seek our care, an examination from us could help reveal the underlying cause of your pain. Be hands-on with the health of your neck, back, and spine– call our offices today if you have any questions regarding minimally invasive spin surgery in NYC, or to schedule an appointment with our spine doctor, Dr. Casden.