Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Advanced, State-of-the-Art Surgical Intervention

Spine surgery may be necessary when more conservative treatment methods are ineffective.  Our highly regarded surgeons specialize in minimally invasive spine surgery utilizing state-of-the-art technology, advances in evidence-based medicine and innovative treatment methods with the patient’s best interests in mind. Surgeries originally accomplished by traditional “open” methods are now completed through smaller, less painful incisions.

What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

The spine surgeon makes a very small, precise incision, then places tubular retractors for holding the surrounding tissues and muscles in place. A microscope is then placed over the surgical site to maximize visualization. These efforts dramatically reduce the amount of retraction surrounding the operative site, significantly contributing to the advantages of a minimally invasive procedure including: less post-operative discomfort, minimal scarring and a faster recovery.

Who Performs Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

The staff at Performance Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine include Dr. Branko Skovrlj, MD, a prominent Neurosurgeon, fellowship trained in Orthopedic Spine Surgery, specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery procedures. Dr. Skovrlj utilizes advanced surgical techniques and state-of-the art technology to provide each patient with tailored, evidence-based spinal treatments focusing on a rapid return to activity and successful long-term outcomes.  He completed his neurological surgery residency at the renowned Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where he also completed two years of orthopedic spine fellowship training.

Dr. Skovrlj is well respected in his field, having authored more than 55 spine peer-reviewed articles and presenting over 150 research papers at some of the most prestigious spine society meetings nationally and internationally.  Dr. Skovrlj’s practice focuses on surgical treatments of degenerative disorders of the cervical and lumbar spine with the goal of offering each patient a thorough understanding of their condition, the root cause of their symptoms and the ideal treatment to relieve them of the pain they are experiencing. Each patient’s treatment is unique and focuses on minimally invasive approaches with the goal of minimal surgical intervention for the maximal result and the fastest return to activity.

Advantages of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Treatments

Minimally invasive spine surgery provides patients with back pain requiring surgical intervention the following advantages:

  • Faster recovery
  • Less post-operative pain
  • Shorter hospitalizations
  • Minimizes blood loss, muscle strain and soft tissue trauma
  • Less scarring
  • Fewer complications
  • Earlier return to activity

Conditions Most Appropriate for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally invasive spine surgery can be an ideal option for patients experiencing the following conditions when conservative treatments are ineffective:

Cervical Conditions:

Lumbar Conditions:

  • Chronic Low back pain
  • Radiating Leg Pain/Numbness
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative Disc Disorder
  • Disc Herniation/Slipped Disc
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Types of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery is most frequently done in an outpatient surgery center.  However, some more advanced surgeries sometimes require a brief hospital stay.  Some of the most common procedures performed by the staff at Performance are:

Minimally Invasive Cervical Spine Surgery Procedures:

  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
  • Cervical Arthroplasty (Cervical Disc Replacement)
  • Keyhole Foraminotomy
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy and Fusion

Minimally Invasive Lumbar Spine Surgery Procedures:

  • Minimally Invasive Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Laminectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Foraminotomy
  • Minimally Invasive Fusion
    • Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)
    • Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (XLIF)
    • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)

For more information about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and to take the first step to living your life fully without pain please call one of our Patient Care Coordinators at 908-754-1960 or book a consultation today!