Minimally invasive fracture fixation

Keyhole surgery to repair spinal fractures

HCA UK has the expert knowledge and facilities to deliver minimally invasive fracture fixation

About spinal fracture fixation

Fracture repair surgery may be used to try to provide pain relief, restore mobility and improve quality of life.

Minimally invasive spinal fracture fixation requires the use of special instrumentation whereby small incisions are made to put screws and rods in place to hold the fracture stable while it heals.

The healing for each patient will vary based on their individual condition.

Need to know

  • What happens during surgery? icon plus

    Relatively small incisions will be made in the back over the site of the fracture under X-ray or CT scan guidance. Computer navigation (image guidance) is also used to guide the placement of instruments.

    Depending on your condition, it may be necessary to use rods and screws to stabilise the spine or to immobilise the spine so that the bones fuse (knit together).

    Minimally invasive fracture repairs can be faster, safer and require less recovery time. The potential benefits are:

    • less blood loss
    • reduced risk of muscle damage as less or no cutting of the muscle is required
    • reduced risk of infection
    • less pain following the procedure
    • faster recovery from surgery
    • less rehabilitation required


  • How to prepare icon plus

    Your consultant will explain your minimally invasive fracture fixation procedure to you and answer any questions you might have. 

    Because you'll be having general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long you should avoid eating and drinking before surgery. You may also be asked to attend a nurse led pre assessment clinic.

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • After surgery icon plus

    You'll be offered pain relief while you're in hospital. Be prepared to use pain relief for a few weeks afterwards as your body recovers. Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, but it usually takes up to six weeks. Make sure you get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous activity.

    You will also need to avoid driving for a few weeks – ask your consultant and your insurance company what they advise. It is important to try and regain your mobility when you feel well enough. You should try and take short walks in the first few days after surgery and build up to longer distances.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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