How is minimally invasive spine surgery different from traditional surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery uses small incisions and specialized tools which allow tissue to be moved out of the way rather that cut as with traditional surgery. The surgeon may utilize a microscope for better visualization through a small incision. Fluoroscopy may be used to guide placement of instrumentation percutaneously without making large incisions.
Some common types of minimally invasive spine surgery include:
• 1 or 2 level cervical and lumbar fusion
• Herniated disc repair
• Surgery to repair or stabilize compression fractures of the vertebrae