Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Our surgeons utilize minimally invasive spine surgical techniques to perform several spinal procedures through skin punctures or incisions less than 1-inch long. Minimally invasive spine surgery is used to treat herniated discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica, and some types of spinal deformity. Many of these procedures are performed on an outpatient basis.
Instead of long incisions and extensive tissue disruption, minimally invasive surgery can be done via a percutaneous (through the skin) or mini-open (operating through a small incision) approach. These cutting-edge, muscle sparing procedures use customized instruments, innovative imaging techniques and a microscope for optimal visualization. Surgery is performed by passing instruments through a special tubular retractor to the operative field, using x-ray and microscope guidance.
Generally, the outcomes of procedures performed minimally invasively mimic outcomes of open spine surgery that require long incisions and soft tissue retraction. Advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery include:
- Reduced operative time
- Less soft tissue damage due to reduced muscle retraction
- Reduced blood loss
- Surgical incisions are less painful and heal faster
- Recovery is faster with less post-operative pain
- Shorter hospital stay
- Smaller, cosmetically pleasing, incisions
Minimally invasive procedures we perform include:
- Microdiscectomy and Laminectomy
- Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
- Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF)
- Spinal Navigation
- Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)
- Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty
Our priority is to provide our patients with the best care. Therefore, the minimally invasive spine surgical techniques we perform are those scientifically proven to be safe and most effective to treat your spinal problem. We welcome your questions about minimally invasive spine surgery.