Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion at NYU Winthrop Hospital
Spinal fusion surgery with better results and faster recovery than traditional open surgery
Minimally invasive spinal fusion offers an advanced approach to treating patients with mechanical low back pain and pain associated with degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis that has not responded to conservative treatment, recurrent disc herniation, spine fractures and spinal instability due to spondylolisthesis.
The Advantages of Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion
This innovative spinal fusion surgery option delivers many advantages over traditional open spine surgery. Sophisticated imaging, tiny cameras and computer-assisted navigational tools, as well as miniature specially-designed instruments now allow our world-class neurosurgeons to operate with great precision in smaller surgical fields with considerably less trauma.
In addition to reduced intraoperative blood loss, minimally invasive spinal fusion offers minimal scarring, less damage to muscles and nerves and diminished post-operative pain. The benefits include improved low back pain, improved radiating leg pains, reduced post-operative narcotic intake, shortened hospitalization and easier rehabilitation. Results are comparable to the published results for traditional open spine surgery.
One of the most advanced minimally invasive spinal fusion approaches – transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) – eliminates the need for a large midline incision to access the spine. The procedure greatly reduces the amount of dissected or retracted muscle and tissue. Dilators are used to gently separate the muscles surrounding the spine rather than cutting them. This helps preserve surrounding muscular, neural and vascular function.