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Minimally invasive treatments focus on patient outcomes

Surgical advancements have made brain and spine procedures a less daunting experience for some patients, says Dr. Jack Leschke, neurosurgeon with BayCare Clinic Neurological Surgeons.

According to Leschke, new technology allows for surgeons to perform traditional surgeries in less invasive ways which can mean shorter recovery times and less pain for patients.

“The exciting thing about moving into the future is that if you can accomplish the same goals but have a smaller incision and have a lot quicker recovery, these things are going to be really appreciated by patients and have a meaningful long-term impact,” Leschke says.

No need to suffer with chronic pain

The new approach emphasizes smaller incisions and less tissue destruction. This often leads to less blood loss, less pain, less pain medication as well as shorter hospital stays and a quicker return to restored quality of life.

“People are sometimes so worried about surgery they live with excruciating pain for years,” he says. “They don’t need to. These interventions are well-established and very low-risk, high-reward.”

Leschke was featured on an episode of the BayCare Clinic podcast discussing innovations in brain and spine surgery. In the podcast, Leschke talks in depth about these treatment options and outlines who makes a good candidate for these procedures.

Listen to the entire episode to learn more.

Published: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Author: Alysha Schertz