Quicker Spinal Surgery Leads to
imaging and state-of-the-art instrumentation give today’s surgeons the tools to
repair the spine with only an inch-long incision. Combine this technology with
the skill of a spinal surgeon, like Jason Montone, DO, and you get minimally
invasive spinal surgery. A long name for something that’s very simple: patients
experience less muscle injury, blood loss, post-operative pain, a shorter
hospital stay and most importantly, a quicker return to daily living.
Montone explains there is still a place for traditional open spine surgery as
not all patients are appropriate for the less invasive technique. “Individuals
with poor bone quality aren’t candidates.” He recommends a consultation to
further discuss the appropriate options.
when a patient sees Dr. Montone with a complaint of back or neck pain, he
recommends other treatment methods first, like physical therapy and pain
management. He says, “Our goal is to improve function and decrease pain to give
that person back his or her life. Sometimes that requires surgery but not in
Collins started with other treatment methods before she visited Dr. Montone
last year. Her problems began in 2007 when she started waking up with lower
back discomfort and shooting pain down her leg. A young woman at age 36, Kassie
lived an active lifestyle playing softball, volleyball, exercising and being a
mom to two young daughters. She didn’t remember any type of injury to her back.
revealed a ruptured disc in the L4 and L5 area of her lower back. Treatments,
like physical therapy, helped for about six months until her other side
ruptured. Physical therapy turned into cortisone shots in her back along with
high doses of pain medication. She remembers taking eight Percocets (Oxycodone)
a day, (typical dose is one to two) just to function.
tried these different methods for three years just to see if there were other
options besides surgery,” says Kassie. “During that time, the pain horribly
impacted my life. It was a constant, raw pain. It hurt to stand or lie down.”
the time Kassie consulted with Dr. Montone, the disc, which acts as a shock
absorber for the spine, was totally gone and all that remained was bone on
Montone performed surgery a year ago and Kassie says her life is like night and
day. “I am back to playing softball and doing what I want to do.”