Like many people, you may have some apprehension about undergoing spine surgery due to the risks and recovery. At Greater Michigan Spine & Neurosurgery, experienced spine surgeon Timothy Spencer, DO, specializes in minimally invasive surgery. That means he may be able to perform your surgery using less invasive techniques to reduce your risk and minimize your recovery. To learn more about minimally invasive surgery, call the office in Battle Creek, Michigan today.

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What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is an advanced surgical technique that uses computer-assisted technology and special surgical instruments to perform various procedures. 

The less-invasive surgical technique offers many benefits, including:

  • Reduced recovery period
  • Less scarring
  • Decreased postsurgical pain 
  • Improved functionality

Dr. Spencer specializes in minimally invasive surgery and utilizes this technique to perform your procedure when possible. 

What are some common types of minimally invasive surgery?

Dr. Spencer uses minimally invasive surgery to perform many spinal procedures. Some of the most common include:

Tubular microdiscectomy

During a tubular microdiscectomy, Dr. Spencer uses small incisions, advanced surgical technology, and special surgical tools to remove the portion of your herniated disc that’s compressing the spinal nerve roots. 

Lumbar laminectomy

During a lumbar laminectomy, Dr. Spencer removes a portion of your laminae, which is the bony segment of your vertebrae that attaches muscle to the spine and protects the nerve roots. Removing part of the bone relieves compression on the nerves to alleviate any associated pain. 

Cervical laminoforaminotomy

The cervical laminoforaminotomy is similar to the lumbar laminectomy. However, Dr. Spencer removes a portion of the laminae from your cervical spine (neck) to alleviate cervical radiculopathy. 

Endoscopic discectomy

An endoscopic discectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure during which Dr. Spencer removes your herniated disc. 

Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion

To treat vertebral damage or disc degeneration, Dr. Spencer may perform a minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. During the procedure, he removes the affected discs and then fuses the vertebrae together. 

Laser spine surgery

Dr. Spencer also specializes in laser spine surgery. This minimally invasive surgical technique uses advanced laser technology that allows him to perform spinal procedures using very small incisions. 

Am I a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery?

When you come in for an evaluation at Greater Michigan Spine & Neurosurgery, Dr. Spencer conducts a comprehensive evaluation to determine the best treatment options for you. You may be considered a good candidate for surgery if conservative measures fail to improve your condition. 

Dr. Spencer determines the best surgical approach – minimally invasive surgery versus traditional open surgery – based on your diagnosis, overall health, and surgical history. 

For expert care from an experienced spine surgeon, contact Greater Michigan Spine & Neurosurgery. Call the nearest office today.