Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally invasive spine surgery is an alternative to traditional “open” surgery for some patients who require spine surgery for conditions of the back, neck, and spine.

Because minimally invasive spine surgery involves only small incisions, patients experience fewer complications – as well as less pain, tissue damage, and blood loss – and recover more quickly than those who undergo open spine surgery.

Advances in surgical technologies and techniques mean that UT Southwestern Medical Center’s spine surgeons can offer minimally invasive options for a growing number of procedures that were historically major surgeries.

Conditions that can be treated with minimally invasive spine surgery include:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal fractures
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Kyphosis
  • Spinal-column tumors
  • Infection

Because minimally invasive spine surgery is not the best option for everyone who needs back surgery, UT Southwestern’s spine specialists thoroughly evaluate all patients and work with them to determine the course of treatment likely to lead to the best outcome.

Those best served with open surgery are in equally good hands with UT Southwestern’s experienced spine surgeons.


UT Southwestern offers minimally invasive spine surgeries that include:

  • Diskectomy
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminotomy
  • Spinal fusion
  • Ligament resection
  • Pedicle screw fixation
  • Corpectomy
  • Osteotomy
  • Kyphoplasty

Patients recovering from spine surgery can benefit from working with UT Southwestern’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation team.

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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons