Minimally invasive spine surgery is used to treat a variety of spinal disorders and conditions, including but not limited to back pain (lumbar pain), neck pain (cervical pain), sciatica, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, cervical stenosis, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease, spine fractures, infection and tumors.

Minimally invasive surgical techniques utilize specialized retractors which allow a surgical procedure to be done through smaller incisions with much less tissue disruption. One of these specialized retractors is called a tubular retractor, which is a series of gradually expanding tubes that gently and progressively dilate and separate muscles and soft tissues to expose the operative field. Using specialized instruments, surgery is performed through the tube.

The benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery include decreased pain, shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery. Minimally invasive surgery is considered the leading edge for many spinal procedures and will continue to develop as new techniques continue to evolve. Not every patient is a candidate for minimally invasive spinal surgery. To see if you are a candidate for this type of surgery you must be fully evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon who is knowledgeable and experienced in these techniques.

At Hoag Orthopedic Institute you will find that the orthopedic surgeons and the entire surgical team are highly trained and experienced in leading edge spine surgery. Since minimally invasive techniques involving the spine are relatively new and highly technical, they are best performed by a surgical team that performs this surgery often.