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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery 


If you’ve tried conservative treatments for back and neck pain like physical therapy and medication, but are still in pain, then surgery may be an option. At Baylor Scott & White - Plano, surgeons offer minimally invasive spine surgery as an alternative to traditional, open surgery.

Compared with traditional spine procedures, minimally invasive surgical techniques offer patients the following advantages:

  • Small incisions (typically 16–23 mm)
  • Significant reduction in post-operative pain
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Less soft tissue damage
  • Less scarring
  • Significant reduction of post-surgical axial back pain
  • Decreased need for further surgery in the future
  • Decreased frequency of chronic pain
  • Decreased incidence of adjacent segment disease
  • Quicker recovery from the surgery
  • Quicker return to a functional level and return to work

Minimally invasive spine surgery can effectively treat chronic back and neck pain, as well as pain in the arms and legs caused by degenerative disc disease and other issues. When needed, computer-assisted technology and highly specialized tools are used during surgery, leading to a safe and effective surgery.

Conditions Treated With Minimally Invasive Surgery

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Facet disease
  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Degenerative discs
  • Herniated discs
  • Arthritic spine
  • Weakness of extremities associated with back pain
  • Numbness and tingling of extremities with back pain
  • Mechanical back pain
  • Failed back syndrome
  • Spine pain
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Chronic back pain
  • Abnormal alignment of the spine (Spondylithesis)
  • Sciatica