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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Unlike minimally invasive spine surgery, traditional back surgery involves a large incision and requires moving muscles and soft tissue out of the way to allow access to the spine. Sometimes, tissue needs to be removed.

Time under general anesthesia, length of stay in the hospital and recovery time from a traditional “open” back surgery typically is longer than with minimally invasive surgery.

Many patients can take advantage of the benefits of minimally invasive surgery, including less disruption to the back muscles and smaller incisions. Through a series of small incisions, the neurosurgeon guides instruments to reach the spine. No muscle is cut. The surgeon uses a special microscope and real-time imaging to help guide the instruments, allowing for more precision.

Minimally invasive spine surgery typically can have several important benefits over traditional open surgery:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Less blood loss
  • Less pain
  • Less soft tissue damage
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery

Not everyone is a candidate for minimally invasive surgery, but the vast majority of patients are.

Many minimally invasive spine surgeries can be performed on an outpatient basis, avoiding a two- to six-day hospital stay that may be needed with open surgery.

Minimally invasive spine surgery techniques can be used to treat many conditions, including:

  • Fractured vertebra
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal infection
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal tumor
  • Spondylolysis

Care That’s Focused on You

  • We offer same-day appointments and Saturday hours.
  • No referral is needed.
  • With 11 offices in Louisville and surrounding areas, including Southern Indiana, we’re close to home or work.
  • Norton Neurosciences & Spine Rehabilitation Center is the only center in Louisville dedicated to outpatient neurological and spine rehabilitation.
  • Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center offers free classes and support to patients and their families.
  • Communicate with your provider, manage appointments, refill prescriptions and more anytime from a computer or mobile device with a free MyNortonChart account.

Why Norton Neuroscience Institute for Your Spine Care Services

  • Our experienced team includes 11 board-certified neurosurgeons, 12 advanced practice providers, neuro-spine specialized rehabilitation therapists and pain management specialists.
  • We are nationally recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of 100 great neurosurgery and spine programs.
  • We offer comprehensive care ranging from nonsurgical treatments to the most advanced surgical technologies, including minimally invasive approaches and robotic-assisted surgery.
  • Surgery is considered only after trying noninvasive treatments.
  • Our physicians and advanced practice providers are skilled in pinpointing your diagnosis, offering the right care and working to get you back to feeling yourself.
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