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Minimally invasive spine surgery

Minimally invasive spine surgery is a highly precise procedure for the treatment of various spinal diseases. Transforminal thoracic discectomy (TTD), for instance, requires removing only the lateral third of the facet joint when using minimally invasive spine surgery. See for yourself how this technique can enable new standards in patient care.*

* "The Spine Journal: Minimally invasive transformal, thoracic microscopic discectomy: technical report and preliminary results and complications." written by Gilad J. Regev, Khalil Salame, Eyal Behrbalk, Ory Keynan, Zvi Lidar


Learn more about the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery from leading experts.

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Experience the benefits of using surgical microscopes in daily practice. Register now to watch these interesting spine cases:

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis case
by Dr. Tetsuya Urasaki

Ventral Cervical Discectomy and Cage Fusion case
by Dr. Uwe Spetzger

Microsurgical Vertebrectomy with Cage Implantation case
by Dr. Uwe Spetzger

About minimally invasive spine surgery procedures

After making a small incision, a tubular refractor is inserted and positioned on the spinal column to the site of the disease. A surgical microscope provides the surgeon and the assistant with an enhanced detailed view of the surgical site by delivering optimal illumination and magnification. This enables you to perform minimally invasive back surgery with exceptional precision, focused on the diseased area while minimizing bleeding and surrounding tissue and muscle damage.

Benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery according to recent publications

  1. Less bleeding during surgery (up to 88.7% less blood loss).
  2. Less pain for the patient after the surgery.
  3. Reduced infection risk and complication rate.
  4. Shorter recovery time.
  5. Hospital stays up to one-half shorter.
  6. Reduced tissue scar formation due to small incisions.*

*"MIS spine's promising future — Key insights from SMISS President Dr. Greg Anderson" Written by Megan Wood

“Modern spinal surgery would not be possible without a surgical microscope. Nowadays, the magnified, 3D visualization of anatomical structures enables minimally invasive surgery, which has led to a redefinition of standards in spinal surgery.”

Prof. Dr. MED. Michael Mayer
Schoen Clinic Munich Harlaching, Germany

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Perform with enhanced precision

A microscope enables surgeons to work with greater precision, focusing only on the diseased area at the anatomy.

Image courtesy of Dr. Peter Nakaji, Barrow Neurological Institute.

A surgical microscope provides essential benefits in visualization while performing minimally invasive spine surgery:

  • Superior magnification
  • Crisp, sharp images
  • Daylight-like visualization

Work with enhanced ergonomics

Working with a surgical microscope also provides surgeons with advanced comfort while enabling a crisp view of the patient anatomy.

“I can’t remember any colleague who has ever looked through a microscope or operated with a microscope, and afterwards put it aside to come back to the traditional way of surgery again.”

Prof. Dr. MED. Michael Mayer,
Schoen Clinic Munich Harlaching, Germany

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