Minimally Invasive Stabilization

What is our minimally invasive stabilization surgery?

During minimally invasive stabilization surgery the portion of the spine that is compressing the nerve root in the spinal cord and narrowing the spinal canal will be removed. An implant will immediately be placed in the now-free space to stabilize the spine and help prevent future spinal stenosis.

 

Reasons for the procedure

People who suffer from chronic neck and back pain and experience difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time. Back pain that is caused by a degenerative spine condition can prevent activities that bring enjoyment because the instability of the spine makes it difficult to move and twist without pain.

 

Types of minimally invasive stabilization procedures:


  • Anterior Cervical Fusion

    Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is a surgery to remove a herniated or degenerative disc in the neck. A discectomy is a form of surgical decompression, so the procedure may also be called an anterior cervical decompression.

    Cervical Fusion
  • Transforaminal lumbar Interbody fusion

    Is a spinal fusion procedure that fuses the front and back section of the spine through a posterior approach. In this procedure, bone graft, or a bone graft substitute, is placed between vertebrae in order to fuse them and create a stronger and more stable spine.

    Transformaminal lumbar Interbody fusion image
  • Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion

    Oblique lumbar interbody fusion is a technique for fusion of the lumbar spine that overcomes these complications: spine curvature, fractured vertebrae, bulging discs, spine instability and spondylolisthesis (slipping out of vertebra).

    The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. OLIF is similar in approach to direct lateral interbody fusion (DLIF), but overcomes the drawback of DLIF in its ability to reach the last lumbar vertebra. This is made possible by obliquely approaching the vertebra and avoiding the pelvic bone.

  • SI Joint fusion

    The procedure typically involves three small titanium implants inserted in a minimally invasive procedure across the SI joint, and is designed to create a durable construct to stabilize the SI joint.

    SI Joint Fusion Image
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

    The anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) is similar to the posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), except that in the ALIF, the disc space is fused by approaching the spine through the abdomen instead of through the lower back.

    Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

 


 

About Us

The first in Texas to perform micro-endoscopic laser spine surgery with an incision as small as 3 mm, Dr. Won advises multiple international spine technology companies and has helped design many groundbreaking tools for the minimally invasive spine surgery industry.

Dr. Won also innovated the Pain Mapping procedures, this diagnostic study helps to pin point the pain generator so that we can provide the least invasive spine procedures, LuMINI.

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