Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
UW Health orthopedic surgeons in Madison, Wisconsin, perform minimally invasive spine surgery as an effective, efficient way to help patients with debilitating spinal problems.
What is minimally invasive surgery?
During minimally invasive surgery, our surgeons use video cameras and specialized instruments passed through small incisions to address spine problems. Incisions are smaller than those needed for open surgery.
UW Health orthopedic surgeons use minimally invasive surgical techniques whenever possible. When considering spine surgery, your surgeon will explain the pros and cons of minimally invasive surgery and whether you are a viable candidate. Our spine surgeons use minimally-invasive techniques for roughly half the procedures they perform.
Advantages of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive techniques for spine surgery allow doctors to address the area of the spine causing pain and limiting function without disturbing the muscle and tissues surrounding that problem point. Patients who have undergone minimally invasive surgery often recover more quickly from surgery and experience less post-surgery pain.
- Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) surgery for spondylolisthesis
- Anterior, lateral (XLIF, DLIF, LIF) and posterior spinal fusions
- Artificial disc replacement (cervical disc arthroplasty)
- Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
- Foraminotomy (cervical and lumbar)
- Complex and revision spinal surgery
- Microdiscectomy (usually an outpatient procedure)
- Minimally invasive spinal fusion
- Spinal deformity (scoliosis, kyphosis) correction and instrumentation
- Spinal stenosis operations (laminectomy, laminoplasty, minimally invasive decompressions)
- Stabilization of spinal trauma using minimally invasive techniques
- Thoracoscopic spinal canal decompression
- Decompression and stabilization of spinal tumors
- CT-guided spinal instrumentation
- X-Stop procedure
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