Minimally Invasive Surgery is done by using muscle sparing approaches and smaller incisions. As a result, patients benefit with decreased pain and faster return to activity.
Illustration of a Cross-Section of the Spine using a Minimally Invasive Retractor System
Surgical picture of the use of a Minimally Invasive Retractor System & Special Instruments to Perform Spinal surgery through a Small Incision
Minimally invasive spinal fusion can be done as well. Intraoperative x-ray and nerve monitoring is used to safely place spinal instrumentation "percutaneously" through small incisions. Special retractors and instruments are used to remove the intervertebral disc and place a spacer with bone graft for fusion. The procedure is illustrated in the following video.