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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at UPMC

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

What Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

Minimally invasive spine surgery uses advanced techniques and technology to treat a patient’s spine condition without disrupting the surrounding soft tissues.

Computer-assisted technology and highly specialized tools and instruments are used to assist the surgeons with visualization and control.

Advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery at UPMC include:

  • Smaller surgical incisions
  • Less soft-tissue damage
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Less post-operative pain
  • Faster 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 treatment.

Surgery is recommended only after more conservative medical approaches have failed to provide results for patients seeking pain relief, increased mobility, and improved quality of life.

Conditions We Treat Using Minimally Invasive Surgery

UPMC is among the most experienced centers in the country using minimally invasive procedures to treat spine conditions.

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Minimally Invasive Procedures

Our nationally recognized spine experts provide patients with the latest and most innovative minimally invasive procedures available.

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