About Minimally Invasive Procedures

When non-surgical means of treating spinal conditions like sciatica, a herniated disc and chronic back pain fail, traditional surgical approaches use open surgery techniques which require a large incision and for the surgeon to disrupt muscles, tendons and ligaments in the affected area in order to get clear access to the spine.

Fortunately, with advances in spine surgery ingenuity, there are minimally invasive surgical options which use a smaller incision, reduce scarring and blood loss, and speed up your recovery time.

Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) at The Spine Center is always the first approach considered to treat your spinal condition. Below are some of the minimally invasive procedures The Spine Center offers for your unique health needs.

SI JOINT FUSION (SACROILIAC JOINT FUSION)

A minimally invasive procedure to fuse and stabilize the sacro-iliac joint in patients that suffer chronic pain as a result of instability or disease of this joint. read more

ACDF (ANTERIOR CERVICAL DISCECTOMY AND FUSION)

The most commonly used and most minimally invasive approach for cervical fusion through a small transverse incision in the front of the neck. read more

SPINAL CORD STIMULATORS

A neuromodulation technique to remove or lower pain: an electrical paddle of leads is inserted into the spinal canal through a small laminotomy and the leads and battery module implanted permanently below the skin in the fat layer.read more

ENDOSCOPIC DISCECTOMY

A minimally invasive transfoaminal endoscopic technique for treating lumbar herniated disc, incisions are 1-2 centimeters and patients are able to go home the same day.

PLIF (POSTERIOR INTERBODY FUSION AND INSTRUMENTATION)

Often used to supplement interbody fusion with all techniques, instrumentation is placed percutaneously using fluoroscopy and minimally invasive technique. read more

PERCUTANEOUS PEDICLE SCREWS

Minimally invasive technique for inserting lumbar or thoracic pedicle screws using small incisions and muscle splitting approach. read more

MICRODISCECTOMY

A minimally invasive posterior approach for lumbar herniated disc to relieve "pinched nerves" or sciatic pain.

LLIF (LATERAL LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION)

A minimally invasive fusion technique for all lumbar levels above L5/S1 as well as thoracic levels below T5/6 where interbody cage is inserted directly from the patient's side. read more

PERCUTANEOUS FACET SCREWS

A minimally invasive technique for inserting facet screws to help stabilize and fuse the lumbar spine.

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