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Director, UPMC Minimally Invasive Spine Program
Patients sometimes present with significant back pain that we call mechanical back pain or severe leg pain related to what some may term a spondyloschisis, which is a slippage of the spine. All this means is that the patient has instability of their spine and this is a condition that can ultimately lead to a patient needing fusion surgery.
The advantage of coming to UPMC for fusion surgery is that there is a variety of specialists here and there is a multi-team approach in which we determine what the appropriate and best treatment is for each individual patient. If the treatment is going to be open, then we can do that properly. If the treatment can be minimally invasive, then we’ll do what we can to ensure that there is the least destructive procedure performed in order to get the patient back to life and back on their feet again.
For more information, contact us at 412-647-3685 or visit the Neurosurgical Spine Services Division at the University of Pittsburgh.
Minimally Invasive Spine Fusion Surgery
Dr. Adam S. Kanter discusses the benefits of minimally invasive spine fusion surgery.