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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Specialist

Neurosurgical Associates Medical Group

Spine Surgeons & Neurosurgeons located in Fresno, CA

Your spine is a unique structure made up of vertebrae, shock-absorbing discs, muscles, and connective tissues, all precisely designed to support your body and protect your spinal nerves. When minimally invasive spine surgery is the best treatment for your neck or back problem, you need the exceptionally skilled spine surgeons at Neurosurgical Associates Medical Group in Fresno, California. If your pain persists despite medical care, call the office or schedule an appointment online to talk about your spinal surgery options.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Q & A

When might I need minimally invasive spine surgery?

Spine surgery is seldom the first line of treatment for back and neck problems. Your doctor at Neurosurgical Associates Medical Group identifies the underlying problem and starts your treatment with conservative therapies.

When your pain persists despite conventional treatment or your pain continues to get worse, surgery to repair the problem may be the best option. 

Spinal conditions that often improve with surgery include:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated discs
  • Bone spurs
  • Radiculopathy
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal tumors
  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Vertebral compression fractures

In some cases, the team at Neurosurgical Associates Medical Group can perform scoliosis surgery using a minimally invasive procedure.

What type of minimally invasive spine surgery might I need?

Most spine procedures that were once done with open surgery can now be carried out using minimally invasive techniques. The team at Neurosurgical Associates Medical Group frequently performs minimally invasive surgeries such as:

  • Spinal fusion
  • Discectomy
  • Artificial disc replacement
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laminotomy
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Foraminotomy

During your spinal surgery, the team uses advanced imaging technology to ensure precision during complex spinal procedures. 

What are the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery?

Open spine surgery uses a long incision that allows your surgeon to pull back the skin, muscles, organs, and other tissues that are in the path of reaching your spine. This creates an opening large enough to expose the area being treated and accommodate your surgeon’s hands and tools as they perform your surgery.

Minimally invasive surgery is done by using one or several small incisions. The incision only needs to accommodate narrow surgical instruments such as an endoscope, which is typically less than one-half inch wide and contains the lighting and video camera used to view the surgical site.

Because minimally invasive surgery causes significantly less trauma, you gain benefits such as:

  • Minimal scarring
  • Less pain after surgery
  • Lower risk of bleeding during surgery
  • Lower risk of developing an infection
  • Faster recovery
  • Less time in rehabilitation


You recover faster because your surgeon doesn’t cut through the muscles. Instead, they use a tubular retractor to gently separate the muscle fibers, creating an opening just large enough to accommodate the narrow tools.

Once your surgery is finished and the retractor is removed, the muscles simply return to their original state without needing time to heal.

If you need spinal surgery or have questions about surgical procedures, call Neurosurgical Associates Medical Group or schedule an appointment online.