Advances in Care
The Mount Sinai Medical Center is at the forefront of surgical advances in the use of endoscopes (small cameras), tube-shaped retraction systems, and intraoperative computer-assisted navigation. Our neuroscientists and physician/researchers are making strides in advancing the limits of minimally invasive spine surgery.
Among the minimally invasive spine surgeries we offer are:
- Minimally invasive foraminotomy, laminectomy, and diskectomy. Nerve compression caused by a herniated disc or stenosis can be treated by making a small incision in the back and spreading the muscles away from the affected area. Using special instruments developed for minimally invasive surgery, our surgeons free the nerve from the compressing disc, bone, or ligaments. Patients often go home the day of surgery with significant symptom relief.
- Thoracoscopic thoracic surgery. Thoracic disc herniation can be treated by placing a miniature camera through a small tube in your body to view the spine and affected nerves. Surgeons remove the herniated disc with minimal disruption to spinal stability. This minimally invasive approach often eliminates the need for spinal fusion, thereby eliminating a long incision in the back for the placement of screws and rods.
- Laparoscopic and direct lateral (DLIF, XLIF) lumbar surgery. This technique is an innovative approach for patients who require a lumbar fusion. Neurosurgeons access your spine through a small incision in your side and spreading the surrounding structures through a series of dilators. This approach allows access to the front of your spine (the anterior spine) with less risk than traditional open anterior surgery.
- Minimally invasive fusion and percutaneous pedicle screw fixation. In this minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery, your doctor uses advanced imaging technology to guide the surgical instruments through a small, tube-shaped retractor, minimizing injury to the surrounding tissue and reducing postoperative pain and recovery time.
- Vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty. These procedures, performed through small incisions, expand compressed bone using a type of bone cement that corrects bone height and deformity.
We can help
For an appointment with a physician who performs minimally invasive spine surgery, please call The Mount Sinai Medical Center at 1-800-MD-SINAI (800-637-4624). We are conveniently located on the Upper East Side of New York City.
Tel: 1-800-MD-SINAI (800-637-4624)