Microsurgery involves carrying out the surgical procedure with the aid of an operating microscope and specially developed instruments.
A special operating technique is used that takes a certain amount of time to learn. Although the microsurgical instruments are aids in the work. Microsurgery is the skills possessed by the surgeon.
The spine consists not only of supporting tissue, vertebrae and discs, but also of nerve tissue, the spinal chord and nerve roots. The nerve tissue is extremely sensitive to mechanical contact and easily damaged. This means that the use of microsurgical techniques is a great advantage when operating on the spine.
Use of microsurgical techniques involves:
- excellent illumination of the site of the operation, especially in small, deep incisions
- high magnification of the operation site. This enables the surgeon to see properly and in this way handle the tissue very carefully
- extremely careful bleeding control. The surgeon can see even the smallest blood vessels and this makes it possible to prevent further bleeding into the wound using electrocoagulation. The technique thus ensures a minimal loss of blood
- usually small incisions, which is an advantage both to prevent infection and to promote healing. The damage to the tissue is less than that caused by conventional surgical techniques, and this means that the patient experiences less wound pain
- safer surgery
- shorter period of hospital care
- shorter period off work.
Advantages for society
- lower cost of care
- shorter absence from work
- and thus lower total costs
All surgeons at the Clinic for Spinal Surgery in Strängnäs have long experience of using the microsurgical technique for various types of spinal surgical procedures.