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.


Dr Wascher has performed 4000+ cervical spine related surgeries


Smaller Scars


Less Pain


Faster Recovery


Quicker Return

Dr.Wascher’s Surgical Specializations

  • 2321+

    Anterior Cervical Decompression + Fusion + Instrumentation

  • 649+

    Anterior Cervical Corpectomies

  • 774+

    Cervical Laminectomies With & Without Posterior Fusion/Instrumentation

Complication Rates In Dr.Wascher’s Surgical Patients

  Dr.Wascher Others
Transient Hoarseness
Permanent Hoarseness
Failed Fusion Pseudo Arthrosis
Total Complications

Dr. Wascher with Microscopic Cervical Spine Surgery

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

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.


Anterior Cervical Corpectomy

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.


Lumbar Disc Microsurgery

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.

Testimonials From Our Past Patients

3-Level Anterior Cervical Fusion

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.

Chad Mielke
Multilevel Posterior Cervical Laminectomies with Fusion and Instrumentation

Chad was experiencing numbness in the fingers of his right hand, which spread to the middle of the back and spread to other parts of the body. Dr. Wascher and his team offered timely help, from a medical opinion, to actually performing the surgical procedure. From Dr. Wascher who, as Chad says, “held my hand the whole time, and answered all my questions promptly” to David Bond (Nurse practitioner) who helped Chad through the recovery process, the whole team quickly and comfortably turned things around from not being able to sleep to leading a much more comfortable life.

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