Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

The physicians at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital are recognized leaders in the field of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.  Recent technologic and surgical advances have allowed for performing often complex spinal surgery in a less traumatic fashion.  Many of these surgeries are performed through tubes which eliminates the need for “open” spinal surgery.  Muscles are not cut but can be dilated, creating far less tissue trauma.

The advantages to patients are significant:

  • Quicker recoveries
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less traumatic to the spine and muscles
  • Minimal blood loss

Due to the minimally invasive nature of these surgeries, the incisions are smaller and there is far less postoperative pain leading to quicker recoveries.  In fact, many patients are back to work within a week. Even spinal fusions that would have required 3-5 days in the hospital and often months of recovery can now be performed with patients returning to work in just a 2-3 weeks.

Our physicians customize the best treatment for patients with spinal problems. While the approach is generally a conservative one, many patients will benefit from spinal surgery. If surgery is necessary, our approach is to recommend the least invasive procedure that can help. Some of the spinal problems that can be treated with Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery include:

  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal tumors
  • Synovial cysts

The surgeons at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital are dedicated to performing and advancing  state-of-the-art Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery techniques.  They have written numerous scientific papers and book chapters describing the procedures.  A yearly symposium dedicated to the field of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery attracts surgeons from around the world to learn about recent advances in the field.