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Minimally Invasive Technology in Complex Reconstructive Spinal Surgery
Richard S. Lee, MD, Spine Surgery Fellowship Faculty Member
Advancements in spinal surgery continue to evolve with modern medicine. Hoag Orthopedic Institute and its staff of highly skilled fellowship trained spinal surgeons are at the cutting edge of the latest technology and techniques. Complex spinal conditions treated at HOI include spinal tumors, severe spinal deformity, spinal trauma, advanced degenerative conditions, and revision spine surgery. Progress and innovation in spinal surgery enable surgeons to address and in many instances correct complex spinal pathology.
Tools and instruments continue to evolve
to allow for minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS). Developments in MISS enable surgeons to address spinal pathology through smaller incisions and, more importantly, less tissue disruption. Less tissue disruption can lead to faster patient recoveries. From surgical treatment of disc herniations to correction of multilevel spinal deformity, less invasive dissections and techniques can be applied to help patients in their recovery.
The highly specialized nursing staff and physical therapists at HOI are an integral part of patient care and spinal surgery outcomes. Working closely with the physicians and surgeons, the HOI staff ensure that the hospitalization for spine surgery patients is optimized for the fastest recovery and best outcomes.
Above left: This image shows severe spinal sagittal imbalance caused by advanced ankylosing spondylitis.
Above right: Treatment involved performing a three column lumbar pedicle subtraction osteotomy procedure at L3 to correct the spinal alignment. Pre- and post-surgical imaging demonstrates signi cant correction of lumbar lordosis angle and overall spinal balance.

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