Types of minimally invasive spine surgery

Minimally invasive spine surgery is a type of procedure used to treat conditions in the cervical, thoracic or lumbar regions of the spine. The minimally invasive surgeries at Laser Spine Institute are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery and the risks associated with them.^

The goal of minimally invasive spine surgery is to relieve neck or back pain at the source and let patients get back to their lives faster than with a traditional procedure. Unlike traditional procedures that require a large incision and increase the risk of complications, our minimally invasive spine surgery can be performed through a less than 1-inch incision.^ Because of this and other muscle-sparing techniques, the surgeon is able to access the spine with less disruption to the surrounding muscles.

If you have been diagnosed with a spine condition and advised to undergo surgery, we encourage you to research minimally invasive procedures at Laser Spine Institute. Some of the spine conditions we treat include degenerative disc disease, bone spurs, herniated discs, bulging discs, ligament hypertrophy and spinal foraminal stenosis in the:

  • Cervical spine — this area of the spine includes the first seven vertebrae and discs that make up the neck
  • Thoracic spine — this area of the spine includes the next 12 vertebrae and discs that make up the upper back
  • Lumbar spine — this area of the spine includes the five vertebrae and discs in the lower back

Advantages of Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive spine surgery:

  • No lengthy recovery^
  • Board-certified surgeons+
  • Less than 1-inch incision
  • Outpatient procedure

Types of minimally invasive procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute

Laser Spine Institute offers two primary types of minimally invasive surgery: minimally invasive decompression surgery and minimally invasive stabilization surgery. A minimally invasive decompression involves the removal of spinal material that is putting pressure on nerves in the spine, such as a bone spur or herniated disc material. Our minimally invasive stabilization procedures are usually performed for more advanced conditions, such as a severely damaged disc that requires full removal and the insertion of a stabilizing implant. Both types of procedures are performed through a small incision and dilating tubes that avoid the muscle disruption that comes with traditional open neck or back surgery.

The type of surgery performed will be discussed between you and your surgeon after you complete a full evaluation at one of our outpatient surgery centers. To learn more and find out if you are a potential candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today for a free MRI review.*