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 nationwide in these techniques.
Learn about the minimally invasive surgical treatments we offer.
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