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Minimally Invasive Spine Therapies in Madison, WI

Continued advancement in technology has allowed development of spinal devices deployed using minimally invasive techniques. Our interventional pain management specialists have been using these advancements to enable faster recovery while allowing patients to avoid traditional spine surgery.

Our practice is one of the few in the Milwaukee area that offers minimally invasive treatment options for unrelenting low back and sacroiliac joint pain. Our specialists have been highly trained on minimally invasive lumbar fusion and sacroiliac joint fusion procedures.

    Learn More About Minimally Invasive Spine Therapies

    Symptoms and Conditions Treated

    Prior to undergoing minimally invasive spine surgery, your physician may explore conservative treatment options, such as pain medications and physical therapy. In the event that these conservative measures prove ineffective, your physician may then advise considering spine surgery.

    These are conditions that could potentially be treated with a Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgery:

    • Degenerative disc disease
    • Herniated discs
    • Spinal tumors
    • Scoliosis
    • A fractured vertebra
    • Radiculopathy
    • Spinal infections
    • Spondylolisthesis
    • Scoliosis
    • Spinal stenosis
    • Myelopathy
    • Kyphosis

    How Is a Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Performed?

    Depending on the surgery, the procedure may differ slightly.

    Generally, a minimally invasive surgery follows these steps:

    1. A small incision(s) will be made on your back to access the spine.
    2. The size of the incision will depend on the type of procedure you are undergoing
    3. A small piece of bone will be removed to access the affected exiting nerve root
    4. Compressive disc, or bone, material will be removed, freeing the nerve root and spinal cord
    5. Accompanying procedures may be performed to ensure adequate pain relief and sustainability, such as the insertion of a disc spacer and/or stabilizing instrumentation
    6. The incision(s) will be closed.

    Our specialists have been highly trained and can diligently perform minimally invasive spine surgery. The use of advanced technology, medical knowledge, and clinical experience can help diminish your pain and restore your confidence.

    Types of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

    Common minimally invasive spine surgeries include:

    • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
    • Anterior lumbar interbody fusion
    • Lateral lumbar interbody fusion
    • Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion
    • Posterior cervical laminectomy and fusion
    • Spinal fusion
    • Decompression surgery
    • Thoracic laminectomy and fusion
    • Corpectomy
    • Vertebroplasty
    • Posterior lumbar interbody fusion
    • Discectomy or microdiscectomy
    • Disc replacement surgery
    • Kyphoplasty
    • Laminectomy

    Speak to our specialists in detail about our minimally invasive spinal surgeries. Renowned across the medical sector in Wisconsin, they’ll listen to your concerns first and then decide the best surgical options afterward. They’ll also factor in your medical conditions and lifestyle to ensure the surgery is effective.

    Follow Up

    Based on your surgery type, your follow-up and recovery might vary. You could either be discharged the same day or have a few nights of hospital stay. Sometimes, you may be referred for manipulation and physical therapy to ensure a quicker recovery.

    Our physicians may also prescribe you pain medication to take. Your recovery may vary based on your age, type of procedure, and health. Based on the type of surgery you have, you’ll be advised to avoid strenuous exercise, stay active, and not twist or bend your spine.

    Patient Expeience

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    I have extreme pain issues with my back, the team is always polite and caring. I recommend this to t a lot of people already, in which some have become patients. I am very pleased with this team.

    Brenda Kracht
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    Dr Dino is great! He explained everything I needed to know about my back issues. I also trust him for my injections.

    Sandy Crivello

    What Are the Risks of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

    While every surgery has its risks, we tend to keep ours to a minimum. With a diligent initial consultation discussing your concerns and symptoms in detail, alongside state-of-the-art advanced diagnostic imaging, extensive experience in minimally invasive surgeries, and careful surgery planning, we ensure there are no complications.

    If there were any to arise, the potential risks are:

    • Infection
    • Allergic reaction from medication
    • Blood clots
    • Nerve damage
    • Complications from anesthesia
    • Leakage of spinal fluid

    What Are the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Therapies

    Compared to conventional spinal surgeries, minimally invasive therapies have the following benefits:

    • Less blood loss
    • Better cosmetic results
    • Lower risk of infection
    • Reduced risk of postoperative pain
    • Faster recovery from surgery
    • Less dependency on pain medications

    To learn about the benefits in greater detail, book an appointment with one of our pain specialists. Choose one of our five centrally located clinics in Wisconsin and take the next step to reclaim your spinal health.


    Who Is a Good Candidate for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

    There are no fixed criteria for minimally invasive spine surgery; it depends on your condition and symptoms. However, factors like obesity, heart conditions, and diabetes can influence the decision for this surgery to happen or not.

    Is Spinal Surgery a High-Risk Surgery?

    Just like any other surgery, there is an element of risk involved. However, at Pro Spine & Pain, we are one of the few practices adept at performing these surgeries. All of our physicians are board-licensed, regularly publish research, and stay on top of the latest advanced techniques and procedures, keeping risks to a minimum.

    Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Better?

    Compared with open surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery results in less pain, less muscle damage, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, and return to work and daily activities.

    Updated on Jul 2, 2024 by Dr. Thomas Stauss (Pain Management) of Pro Spine & Pain

    Thomas Stauss, MD

    Thomas Stauss, MD, completed both his undergraduate and medical studies at the esteemed University of Wisconsin in Madison. Dr. Stauss values having access to a wide array of cutting-edge treatments, ensuring effective relief for his patients' discomfort and a significant enhancement in their quality of life. Dr. Stauss’s primary objective is to uphold the dignity of each patient while delivering ethical and professional services.

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