Minimally Invasive Spine
University of Virginia minimally invasive spine surgery by neurosurgeons. It can help certain patients with spine conditions experience quicker hospital stays and recovery times, with less pain and less visible scars.
Minimally invasive spine surgery is emerging as an often preferred alternative to conventional open spine surgery in certain conditions.
Justin Smith leads our minimally
invasive spine program. He has completed fellowship training
with leaders in the field and expands our minimally invasive spine
capabilities along with Jason
Minimally Invasive Procedures Growing
Minimally invasive spine treatments can be used in certain instances of common spine conditions such as disc herniation, stenosis and degenerative spondylolsithesis, and in certain instances of more complex conditions like spine trauma, tumor and deformity.
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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Basics
Using computer-assisted image guidance, spine surgeons can navigate to:
All of these surgeries can be performed minimally invasively:
In addition to these more traditional surgeries, Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty were developed as minimally invasive treatments. In Vertebroplasty, a small amount of orthopedic cement, called polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), is pushed through a needle into the vertebral body. The cement hardens quickly, and within a few hours, patients are up and moving around. In addition to relieving pain, those vertebral bodies that are weakened but not yet fractured can be strengthened. Kyphoplasty uses balloons to expand the space where the cement is injected, which can restore height to the spine and help reduce deformity.
For more information on minimally invasive spine approaches and treatments, visit Spine Universe
Our neurosurgeons Justin
Smith and Jason Sheehan
perform minimally invasive spine surgery.