Quicker return to work and your life
1.5 - 2 inches the average incision size
Just slightly longer than a wine bottle cork
As technology develops, so does our ability to provide patients with more options for innovative surgical procedures. Minimally invasive surgery (MISS) is an emerging, advanced medical procedure.
Minimally invasive spine surgery is a type of surgical technique that is used to treat spinal column conditions such as arthritis in the back, disc herniation and stenosis. This type of surgery uses microscopes cervical and long tubes that are passed through tiny incisions to access the spine. It allows the surgeon to remove broken or displaced discs and create more space for crowded nerves, all without having to cut through muscles and bones with other surgical instruments. MISS also enables doctors to perform spinal fusions and disc replacements.
Anterior Cervical Decompression + Fusion + Instrumentation
Anterior Cervical Corpectomies
Cervical Laminectomies With & Without Posterior Fusion/Instrumentation
An Anterior Cervical Discectomy removes a herniated or degenerative vertebral disc in your neck and replaces it with a bone graft. This can relieve painful pressure on spinal nerves. The surgeon carefully removes the damaged disc, which leaves a space between the vertebrae.
This surgery relieves pressure on the spinal cord and the spinal nerves. It involves the removal of bone and discs from your cervical spine, followed by a fusion. After the pressure on your nerves has been relieved, the surgeon stabilizes your spine. Often, this is done with a bone graft.
This minimally invasive procedure relieves pressure on nerve roots caused by a herniated disc, and can eliminate the pain of sciatica. The surgeon creates a small window in the lamina (a portion of the vertebral bone that covers your spinal canal). The surgeon then places instruments through this window.
Vanessa had years of neck pain leaving her unable to even do her daily work. But with Dr. Wascher’s quick and timely intervention that included multiple viewings of MRIs, muscle and nerve tests, followed by a 3-Level Anterior Cervical Fusion, she is now happy without any neck issues. “I can happily say that by following the recommendations of Dr. Wascher, I am now pain-free,” says Vanessa as she talks about how great Dr. Wascher and his team were to work with.
When Nanette experienced deep pain in her shoulder, she got tests performed only to discover that she in fact had issues with her neck instead. After a few MRIs and scans, she contacted Dr. Wascher, who told her that she has bone spurs going into the spinal cord. Within a span of 3 weeks, she was able to go through surgery and get on the road to recovery. “I cannot say enough about Dr. Wascher’s expertise and empathy”, says Nanette as she joins an ever-growing community of people who, through Dr. Wascher and his team, have found happiness again.