Lateral Access Spine Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery
In recent years there has been a tendency to perform these operations through small incisions, resulting in greatly reduced blood loss, less damage to the surrounding tissues and much quicker recovery time. In many cases patients can leave hospital two or three days after having a minimally invasive spinal fusion.
Lateral Approach, Minimally Invasive Fusion
Lateral approach to spinal fusion is a good example of minimally invasive surgery, with a relatively small incision in the side of the abdomen, no muscle damage, very little blood loss, and much less pain after surgery when compared with a ‘traditional’ fusion.
Dr Bannan has extensive experience in all forms of spinal surgery, and has a special interest in minimally invasive lateral spinal fusions. He visits leading US surgeons and hospitals regularly to learn and refine these techniques, enabling this surgery to be available to Australian patients.
Dr Bannan also teaches this surgery to visiting Australian and International Spine Surgeons.