Micro-Invasive Spine Surgery  

Micro-invasive spine surgery is specifically performed using smaller incisions, specialized surgical tools and microsurgical techniques that minimize damage to surrounding muscles and tissues. This results in less pain after surgery, less risk of complications, and allows for a quicker recovery.

Micro-Invasive Decompression and Microdiscectomy

Micro-invasive decompressions and microdiscectomies can be performed using a small specialized tube retractor and an operating microscope that allows for high precision with surgery. Specialized tools are used through the tube to unpinch the nerves or remove a disc herniation. After surgery, you are typically left with an incision that is less than 2 centimeters in length.

Micro-invasive fusion  

Similarly, micro-invasive fusions can be performed through specialized tube retractors with the assistance of either computer navigation or fluoroscopy (X-ray guidance). These fusions can be performed through a lateral (from the side) or posterior (from the back) approach.

Outpatient Surgery

Many micro-invasive spinal surgeries can be performed safely in an outpatient setting. This means you are able to return home the same day of surgery.  

It is important to remember that not everybody is a candidate for micro-invasive surgery and that there is no one-size fits all procedure for everybody.

With double fellowship training with advanced training in micro-invasive techniques, Dr. Chung has extensive experience in the latest microsurgical and outpatient spine surgical techniques. Let him help you to decide which type of surgery is best for you.