Frequently asked questions about spine surgery

event 28.09.2015.


Why aren’t more hospitals and doctors praticing the minimally invasive concept and spine surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is extremely technically demanding. It requires a lot of love and effort from the doctor who is being educated in that segment. Also, the equipment for the safe and modern performance of certain interventions is extremely expensive.

Is minimally invasive spine surgery experimental?

No. Minimally invasive surgeries are built on solid foundations and have been performed for many years. Besides, they are being developed quickly and constantly.

Will I need physical therapy after minimally invasive surgery?

According to the latest Croatian standards, physical therapy after minimally invasive spine surgery is only necessary if there are neurological deficits before and after the operation.

When can I go back to work after minimally invasive surgery?

The decision to return to work is strictly individual and depends on the type of work you do. For patients with office or similar jobs, it’s possible to go back to work after only 2 weeks (half-time). For patients who have had major procedures such as fusion, for example, returning to work may take up to 2 months.

Am I candidate for minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive spine surgery is constantly evolving and improving. Most surgeries today can be performed with some version of a minimally invasive approach. However, there are certain conditions that require traditional open spine surgery, such as high-degree scoliosis, tumors, and certain infections. The best treatment option will be chosen based on your diagnosis and general condition.

When should I consider surgery?

When it comes to the spine, surgery is usually the last resort and solution. However, if various non-surgical and conservative methods do not help in a period of 6-12 months, then you should consider surgically treating specific conditions, e.g. spinal stenosis, sciatica, spondylolisthesis, and degenerative scoliosis. The decision to have surgery is an individual matter, and depends solely on the patient and their symptoms.