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Will Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Ease Your Back Pain?


Back PainDo you need surgery for a back problem? Some conditions, including certain types of disc herniation and degeneration, can be addressed with minimally invasive spine surgery.

“We use very small incisions with specialized instruments. This means that the procedure is often less painful than traditional spine surgery and leaves relatively small scars,” says Thomas Mroz, MD, Co-Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Spine Health.

Other major advantages include:

  •    A shorter hospital stay
  •    Less narcotic use
  •    A potentially shorter recovery time
  •    Less pain

    There are various approaches to minimally invasive spine surgery, which employ different tools.