If you’re facing spine surgery, it’s only natural to have concerns. Not only is there the procedure itself to worry about, but you also need to contend with the variables of general anesthesia, pain, recovery time, and myriad other challenges. While it’s true that traditional spine surgery can be an extensive undertaking requiring a prolonged procedure, hospital stay, and adverse side effects, there is another option — Awake Spinal Fusion.

At NJ Spine and Wellness, we feature some of the world’s foremost experts on Awake Spinal Fusion surgeries. This minimally invasive procedure has replaced traditional spinal fusion surgeries due to its cutting-edge use of conscious sedation — as opposed to general anesthesia — to allow for fewer side effects and quicker recovery times. In fact, patients can typically go home the day of their procedure or the following day. To see if Awake Spinal Fusion surgery is for you, reach out for a consultation today.
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What Is Awake Spinal Fusion Surgery?

As opposed to traditional spine surgery, Awake Spinal Fusion surgery is not performed under general anesthesia. Rather, it involved the use of monitored anesthesia care, otherwise known as “conscious sedation” or “twilight sleep.” This is administered through an IV to keep patients calm during the procedure.

As the term suggests, patients are typically still conscious and responsive during an awake surgery. They can even follow commands and answer questions during the procedure. During this innovative operation, a small incision is made in the skin, allowing access to the spine but resulting in minimal scarring. Awake surgeries are much shorter than their traditional counterparts; whereas a conventional spine surgery can take four to six hours, awake spine surgeries at our NJ clinics usually take one to three hours.

There are several advantages of awake spine surgeries performed by the team at NJ Spine and Wellness, including:

  • Shorter surgery time
  • No general anesthesia
  • Postoperative narcotics are typically not used
  • Patients can generally walk the very same day of their surgery
  • Faster recovery times, allowing for patients to return to normal activity sooner

Meet Our Awake Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery Specialist

At NJ Spine and Wellness, we feature one of the world’s most renowned authorities on the Awake Spinal Fusion surgery, Dr. Alok D. Sharan, MD, MHCDS. Dr. Sharan mainly focuses on minimally invasive spine surgery and is an awake spine surgery specialist, serving as the Director for Spine and Orthopedics here at NJ Spine and Wellness. Not only is Dr. Sharan a well-respected expert in lumbar spinal fusion surgery, but he has also authored numerous researched-based publications, abstracts, and textbooks on the subject.

Awake Spinal Fusion Surgery Recovery

One of the most significant benefits of Awake Spinal Fusion surgery is the speedy recovery time. With most traditional spinal surgeries, it can take as long as three to four days in the hospital — and another several weeks or more of rehab — to regain function and mobility. Since Awake Spinal Fusion surgery is minimally invasive, it only requires a 24-hour hospital stay. Not only that, but patients can generally recover much faster and can resume their regular schedule sooner.

Contact Us Today to Get Better Faster

Are you curious if Awake Spinal Fusion surgery is right for you? Contact NJ Spine and Wellness to schedule a consultation with our team of spine specialists. We can answer all your questions and address your concerns, whatever they may be. Our doctors are compassionate caregiving who are dedicated to our patients’ wellbeing and health. For more information, contact us today

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