Norton Leatherman Spine is proud to offer minimally invasive surgery to qualified candidates. Minimally invasive spine surgery is one of the biggest advancements in the field of spine surgery over the past decade. Prior to the development of minimally invasive techniques, spine surgery required a large incision and long operation that could result in a prolonged hospital stay. Minimally invasive approaches have been developed in order to minimize the trauma associated with “open” spinal procedures.
What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
In traditional open spine surgery, an incision is made and the muscles of the lower back are cut from the spine. These muscles can lose much of their blood supply and nerve attachments. In minimally invasive spine surgery, a large incision is not necessary and the muscles of the back are spared. The surgeon uses small incisions and then guides instruments through these incisions to reach the spine. No muscle is cut — only gentle opening and separation.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Minimally invasive spine surgery 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
Am I A Candidate for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
Our surgeons are dedicated to getting you back to living your life. You deserve to live pain-free, and we are here to help. Although not everyone is a candidate for minimally invasive surgery, the vast majority may be treated with muscle-sparing techniques.
We encourage our patients to explore all options before consenting to open surgery. Minimally invasive surgery can have a significant improvement in pain, infection risk and length of hospital stay. Many minimally invasive procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, avoiding a two- to six-day hospital stay that may be needed with open surgery.
Our Surgeons Are Leaders in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Mladen Djurasovic, M.D. – Dr. Djurasovic has been a national leader in minimally invasive lumbar spine surgery techniques for over 15 years. In particular, he pioneered a procedure called MidLIF that combines minimally invasive access with a standard anatomical approach.
Jeffrey L. Gum, M.D. – Dr. Gum has been a leader in the development of robotic minimally invasive spinal surgery.