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Considering Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

"Minimally Invasive Surgery: 
Looking Ahead"

Dr. William Taylor discusses the advantages of minimally invasive surgery in MD News.

 

Post Surgery X-Ray of Spine

Spine surgery is an area of expertise within neurosurgery. All neurosurgeons are not spine surgeons. The nervous system is made up of two parts: the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system. Neurosurgeons can have specialized expertise in the brain, the spine or peripheral nerves. Our expertise includes minimally invasive surgical approaches for numerous spine conditions.

Depending on the diagnosis, minimally invasive spine surgery utilizes a variety of technologies including, lasers, endoscopes, operating microscopes, and computer-assisted navigation systems. The expense of these technologies as well as the significant training required to perform minimally invasive procedures prohibit many medical centers from offering minimally invasive surgical therapies. As a leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, UC San Diego trains surgeons nationally in these techniques.

Advantages of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

  • Shorter surgery
  • Less anesthesia
  • No blood transfusion
  • Easier rehabilitation
  • Less post-operative pain; fewer pain medications
  • Minimal blood loss
  • Smaller scars; smaller incision
  • Less damage to muscle and skin
  • Shorter hospital stay; outpatient surgery for some procedures

bullet Types of minimally invasive spine surgery.

At UC San Diego we perform, develop and refine minimally invasive techniques to treat spine conditions. Understand your spine condition and the minimally invasive surgical treatments available.

Contact us today: 858-534-4617