Intermountain Spine and Orthopedics
David M. Christensen, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon located in Twin Falls, ID
Dr. David Christensen performs minimally invasive spine surgeries including decompression and discectomies, artificial discs, and fusions. This newer and more technical approach to surgery allows patients to recover faster with minimal to no muscle disruption, less blood loss, and much lower risk of infection.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Q & A
What Are Discectomies and Decompression?
A discectomy is a procedure used to remove part of a spinal disc that is damaged. This procedure is often performed when the damaged disc is causing nerve pain that extends down one or both legs. A decompression is a surgical procedure used to remove bone or soft tissue compressing the contents of the spinal canal. Some patients require a combination of the two procedures to repair their spines and provide relief from back and leg pain. These minimally invasive procedures are effective ways of addressing some back issues. Dr. Christensen has had substantial training and experience in delivering these procedures and his patients benefit from his expertise.
What Makes These Procedures Minimally Invasive?
Discectomies and decompressions are performed with specially designed instruments that fit through small tubes or retractors inserted at the location of the surgery that allows Dr. Christensen to perform these procedures through small incisions. While still performed with the patient under general anesthesia, a minimally invasive procedure is quicker and provides better recovery outcomes for patients.
What Are the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
These procedures provide most patients with a significant improvement in leg pain. With minimally invasive procedures, patients can often have their surgeries performed as a same day procedure, or spend much less time in the hospital than with traditional open surgeries. Recovery takes less time, which allows patients to return back to normal activities more quickly. There is a reduced risk of infection and significantly less scarring than with an open surgery. Whenever possible, Dr. Christensen recommends a minimally invasive procedure because of the benefits to the patient and the improved patient outcomes.
Insurance and Billing
We accept most major insurance plans. If you don't see your insurance, call the office and let us help you. Fees and payments: We make every effort to decrease the cost of your medical care. Therefore, we request payment arrangements for all office services at the time they are rendered unless prior arrangements have been made. We accept cash, checks, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover for your convenience. If we are a participating provider of your insurance company, we will bill them. However, payment is the patient's responsibility. We will help in any way we can to assist you in handling claims. Referrals: please bring in all paperwork or call into the office.