Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at UPMC

At the UPMC Department of Neurosurgery, our spine specialists employ minimally invasive techniques and state-of-the-art technologies to treat a range of spine conditions.

What Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

Minimally invasive spine surgery utilizes advanced techniques and technology to treat a patient’s spinal condition without causing undue injury to the surrounding soft tissues. Computer-assisted technology (such as computer navigation and nerve monitoring) and highly specialized tools and instrumentation provide exceptional visualization and control during these procedures.

Advantages of minimally invasive spinal surgery at UPMC include:

  • Smaller surgical incisions
  • Less soft tissue damage
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Less post-operative pain
  • Quicker recovery time
  • Less scarring
  • Improved function

UPMC’s minimally invasive spine surgery specialists are part of a multidisciplinary team that evaluates each patient to help determine the most appropriate intervention. Surgery is recommended only after more conservative medical approaches have failed to provide adequate results for patients seeking pain relief, increased mobility and improved quality of life.

Conditions Treated Using Minimally Invasive Surgery

UPMC is among the most experienced centers in the world in treating spinal conditions using minimally invasive procedures.

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Minimally Invasive Procedures

Our nationally recognized spine experts provide patients with the latest, most innovative minimally invasive procedures available for spinal conditions.

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