Frequently Asked Questions
What should I bring to my first visit?
- Your insurance cards
- Any MRI, CAT scan or X-ray films of your spine problem
- Previous medical records pertaining to your spine problem
- List of current medications
What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Minimally Invasive Surgery is a pioneering technique that allows Dr. Implicito to utilize a small incision during surgery to access only the affected area of the spine. Traditionally, a 6 to 10 inch incision was made down the spine to access the affected disc(s). This resulted in the destruction of muscle, tissue and nerves around the spine as well as leaving a sizeable scar. This destruction of muscle sytems is often what lead to a considerably lengthy recovery profile, weeks of limited mobility, missed time at work, scarring and was often a deterrent for those considering a spine procedure. With a Minimally Invasive Approach, Dr. Implicito utilizes a small incision to access the affected disc(s). Once the incision is made, Dr. Implicito utilizes the latest in fluroscopic and endoscopic technology to repair the offending disc(s). This smaller incision leads to what is known as a “muscle sparing” technique. With this technique muscle, tissue and nerves are not destroyed and scarring is reduced. Because of this revolutionary approach the recovery profile is exponentially shortened and many patients leave the hospital the same day with no need for an overnight stay. Furthermore, many of our patients return to their jobs only days, not weeks, after their procedure.