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Tubular Retractors - Facilitating Making Minimally Invasive Surgeries

A neurosurgical spine specialist at the Sea Spine Orthopedic Institute in Orlando, Florida, Dr. Michael Thomas is a neurosurgeon who leverages a quarter century of medical experience to provide treatment options for spinal conditions. Remaining on the cutting edge of spinal surgeries, Dr. Michael Thomas has focused his practice as a neurosurgeon on minimally invasive spinal surgeries that utilize advances in surgical tools to facilitate a quick recovery for patients. Among the tools employed in minimally invasive spinal surgeries are tubular retractors.

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Tubular Retractors - Facilitating Making Minimally Invasive Surgeries

  1. 1. Tubular Retractors - Facilitating Making Minimally Invasive Surgeries Dr. Michael Thomas, Neurosurgeon
  2. 2. Introduction  A neurosurgical spine specialist at the Sea Spine Orthopedic Institute in Orlando, Florida, Dr. Michael Thomas is a neurosurgeon who leverages a quarter century of medical experience to provide treatment options for spinal conditions. Remaining on the cutting edge of spinal surgeries, Dr. Michael Thomas has focused his practice as a neurosurgeon on minimally invasive spinal surgeries that utilize advances in surgical tools to facilitate a quick recovery for patients. Among the tools employed in minimally invasive spinal surgeries are tubular retractors. Retractors are surgical tools that provide surgeons with clear access to and vision of the surgical site. In many surgeries, retractors are inserted into incisions and used to move tissue and muscle out of the way.
  3. 3. Tubular Retractors  Retractors used in conventional spinal surgeries pull back muscle and tissue along incisions five to six inches in length. Tubular retractors are hollow cylinders that can be inserted into incisions of less than one inch in length, then dilated to move muscle and tissues out of the way. Any material that needs to be removed is taken out through the tubular retractor, and surgical tools such as tools and rods are inserted through the retractor. Since tubular retractors disturb a smaller area of the body, they tend to cause less muscle and tissue damage than conventional retractors, and therefore lead to less time spent in hospital, smaller scars, and a faster recovery. Beyond minimally invasive spinal surgeries, surgeons have begun to use tubular retractors in a variety of other surgeries.

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