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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

What is minimally invasive spine surgery?

Minimally invasive spine surgery allows neurosurgeons to treat spinal disorders and injuries using specialized instruments and precision techniques. Benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery over open surgery may include reduced pain, less scarring, and faster recovery.

illustration showing lumbar spinal stenosis and the minimally invasive spipine surgery instrument tube that is used to treat it
Illustration showing a lumbar vertebra with spinal stenosis and the tube used to introduce surgical instruments during minimally invasive spine surgery.

What is minimally invasive spine surgery used for?

Am I a good candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery?

You may be a good candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery if you have a spinal disorder that cannot be treated without surgery. Your doctor will recommend a treatment based on your particular spinal disorder, medical history, age, and overall health.

Medically Reviewed by Laura A. Snyder, MD, FAANS on January 13, 2020