Endoscopic Lumbar Interbody Fusion
New and evolving technologies now allow us to perform lumbar interbody fusion surgery via the micro-open or endoscopic approach. The micro-open approach can be performed over multiple levels while the endoscopic approach is most appropriate for spine conditions affecting one level.
The endoscopic approach to lumbar interbody fusion can be performed through several small punctures in the skin. The micro-open approach requires a small incision that is considerably smaller and less traumatic than the traditional open approach. In both cases, pedicle screw instrumentation is often used and can be performed by placing the screws through small incisions made through the skin. The endoscopic or mini-open approach can reduce the patient's hospital stay. Postoperative pain is dramatically reduced and overall function is dramatically improved. Return to work and play can be greatly accelerated by utilizing these techniques.