Microscopic Surgery

Neurosurgeons located in Long Beach, CA
Microscopic Surgery

Microscopic Surgery services offered in Long Beach, CA

Operating on the brain and spine is complex, delicate work that requires the utmost precision. The board-certified neurosurgeons at Coast Neurosurgical Associates in Long Beach, California, achieve superior results using microscopic surgery techniques. Their expertise ensures patients experience minimal tissue damage and enjoy successful outcomes. To discover how microscopic surgery could benefit you, call Coast Neurosurgical Associates today or schedule an appointment by completing the online form.

Microscopic Surgery Q&A

What is microscopic surgery?

Microscopic surgery is a minimally invasive approach that the Coast Neurosurgical Associates team uses to perform complex operations on the brain and spine.

A microscope magnifies the images you see, making them sharper and more detailed. Surgical microscopes are specially designed to give surgeons a crystal clear view of the surgery site without any distortion.

Using a microscope enables your surgeon to guide their instruments with far more precision, offering significant benefits compared to viewing the site with the naked eye.

What are the benefits of microscopic surgery?

The Coast Neurosurgical Associates team often uses microscopic surgery techniques during minimally invasive procedures. These operations require far smaller incisions than open surgery, so they cause considerably less tissue damage. The benefits of this approach include:

  • Less bleeding
  • Reduced pain after surgery
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Faster recovery
  • Smaller scars

A surgical microscope also reduces tissue damage in open surgery because your surgeon can have such a clear view.

The precision offered by microscopic surgery ensures brain and spine procedures are safer and more successful. The brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) are exceptionally complex and delicate structures. Therefore, the tiniest error can lead to life-changing outcomes like paralysis or brain damage.

Using microscopic surgery techniques reduces the risk considerably by providing your surgeon with a magnified view of the tissues.

What is microscopic surgery used for?

The Coast Neurosurgical Associates team uses microscopic surgery techniques for most procedures. This includes surgeries such as removing tumors from the brain and spine and treating musculoskeletal disorders of the spine.

You might benefit from microscopic surgery techniques during procedures that treat the causes of back and neck pain, including degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, osteoarthritis, and spinal stenosis. Surgeries the team can perform include:

  • Microdiscectomy (partial removal of a herniated disc)
  • Discectomy (complete removal of a herniated disc)
  • Spinal fusion (joining the vertebrae after discectomy)
  • Artificial disc replacement
  • Laminotomy (reducing a vertebra’s lamina to relieve nerve compression)
  • Foraminotomy (making more space for the nerve roots to pass through the spine)

Microscopic surgery techniques can be invaluable for performing delicate procedures like removing glioblastomas and meningiomas (brain tumors) and treating brain AVM (arteriovenous malformation).

State-of-the-art technologies like intraoperative augmented reality (AR) imaging are pushing the boundaries of microscopic spine keyhole surgery even further.

To find out more about microscopic surgery and its benefits, call Coast Neurosurgical Associates today or book an appointment online.