Minimally Invasive Surgical (MIS) Procedures

A surgical procedure is only minimally invasive if it offers the best solution to correct the problem. This involves more than just making the smallest possible incision. If keeping the incision small results in limited access, incomplete repair of the problem, or risk of re-operation to more fully correct the defect, then it cannot truly be considered minimally invasive. In conventional spine surgery, the spine is often accessed by stripping away and retracting the muscles and soft tissue around the spine. Work performed thereafter is often done without sufficient visual magnification or the assistance of newer technologies. This can result in lengthier healing times, significantly greater pain, compromised blood and nerve supply to the muscles because of prolonged retraction, and more extensive scarring and muscle atrophy.

To utilize a minimally invasive approach, which we prefer in most cases over the older open surgical approach, we use an array of highly sophisticated tools and techniques. Minimally invasive surgery can be performed in less time, with less tissue damage, with less pain and faster recovery.

Transforminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)

A MIS TLIF is commonly performed when one or two spinal levels are being fused in conjuction with a partial decompression (facetectomy and laminectomy), and interbody fusion is indicated. This surgery is performed for a variety of spinal conditions, such as spondylolisthesis and degenerative disc disease, among others.

 
 

Anterior Cervical Disectomy and Fusion

This procedure removes a cervical disc herniation through an anterior approach (throuch the front of the neck) to relieve spinal cord or nerve pressure along with a spinal fuscion for stability. This procedure can also be used to treat cervical degenerative disc disease. The advantage of the anterior approach is that it provides better access to the cervical spine and patients experience less operative pain.

 

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