What is a minimally invasive spine procedure?

When performing a minimally invasive spine procedure, a surgeon accesses the surgical site through a small “keyhole” opening. Also, instead of tearing or cutting through surrounding muscles and tissues, the surgeon utilizes a series of dilating tubes to separate muscles at their fibers. These factors — which often lead to less pain and a faster recovery^ — differentiate minimally invasive surgery from traditional open spine surgery.

When is minimally invasive spine surgery appropriate?

While the two main approaches to spine surgery are vastly different, the indications for each are generally the same. Most physicians do not recommend traditional open surgery or a minimally invasive procedure unless the source of the pain, such as a herniated disc or spinal bone spur, can be pinpointed with certainty. Even then, many patients are advised to begin their treatment with conservative therapies, such as physical therapy or medications. If nonsurgical treatment does not produce meaningful symptom relief within four to six weeks, then surgery may be an appropriate next step.

Advantages of Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive surgery

If you’re considering spine surgery, then you may want to talk with the team at Laser Spine Institute — the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. In addition to less pain and a faster recovery^ compared to open spine surgery, there are many other advantages to having a minimally invasive procedure performed at Laser Spine Institute, including:

  • Board-certified surgeons+
  • An outpatient setting
  • A lower risk of infection and other surgical complications^
  • Minimal scarring

Since 2005, more than 75,000 patient procedures have been performed at Laser Spine Institute to relieve their chronic neck or back pain. We’ve earned a patient satisfaction score of 98^ and a patient recommendation score of 98 out of 100.^

If you’d like to learn more about our minimally invasive spine surgery, then we encourage you to contact us. Our team can provide a free MRI review* to help you determine if you are a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure.