Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery is available for a number of spinal disorders, ranging from degenerative diseases to spinal tumors. These procedures have potential to greatly benefit patients by reducing surgical risk, pain, blood loss, risk of infection, and time to recovery. Our specialists have extensive training and experience in minimally invasive spinal techniques, some of which can be performed in the outpatient setting. Instrumentation designed for these procedures allow for improved visualization and mobility.

Minimally Invasive Techniques for the Cervical Spine


Indication

Minimally Invasive Procedure

Herniated discs

Foraminotomy and discectomy

 

Degenerative spinal disease

Foraminotomy

Fusion

 

Fractures

Trauma

Fusion

Tumors

Decompression

Resection

 

Minimally Invasive Techniques for the Thoracic Spine


Minimally invasive thoracoscopy techniques for anterior thoracic spine tumors use three to four small incicions through which the tumor can be removed. A voice-activated robotic arm aids in this surgery by following commands and helping to position the thoracoscopic camera for visualization. The UCSF Spine Center is one of the only centers in the United States to offer minimally invasive transpedicular thoracic discectomies and minimally invasive transpedicular corpectomies for spine tumors.


Indication

Minimally Invasive Procedure

Herniated discs with cord compression

Transpedicular discectomy

Costotransversectomy

 

Fractures

Instability

 

Fusion

Tumors

Thoracoscopic robotic surgery

Posterior resection

 

 

Minimally Invasive Techniques for the Lumbar Spine

 

Indication

Minimally Invasive Procedure

Herniated discs

Cauda equina syndrome

 

Discectomy

Lamino-foraminotomy

Spondylosis/ Spondylolisthesis

Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF)

Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)

Posterolateral fusion

 

Stenosis

 

Lamino-foraminotomy

Tumors

 

Resection (with or without fusion)

Psuedoarthrosis

Revision fusion