Top US spine surgeon, Dr. Burak Ozgur, specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery in Southern California

Minimally invasive spine surgery is more than a set of extraordinarily advanced tools and techniques—it’s a state of mind.

For Burak Ozgur, MD, minimally invasive spine surgery is an approach to surgery that places minimal disruption and maximum results as equal priorities. It is a conscious decision and deliberate effort made by the surgeon to try and preserve as much native tissue, usually muscles and ligaments, as possible without compromising the surgical goal of treating spinal pathology. Patients heal faster, experience less pain and enjoy rapidly and dramatically restored function.

Not all patients are appropriate candidates for MIS procedures. It is important to keep in mind that there needs to be certainty that the same or better results can be achieved through MIS techniques as with the respective open procedure.

With all non-emergency spinal conditions, Dr. Ozgur makes patients undergo appropriate conservative treatment first, such as physical therapy, pain medication, or bracing. When there are no improvements in the condition, this is the only time that surgery is considered. The time period of this varies depending on the specific condition and procedure, but is generally six weeks to six months. Dr. Ozgur always weighs carefully the the benefits of surgery against its risks. Although a large percentage of patients report significant symptom and pain relief, there is no guarantee that surgery will have the same outcome for every individual.

Most minimally invasive spine surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis. In some cases, Dr. Ozgur may require a hospital stay, typically less than 24 hours to two days, depending on the procedure.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Below are some of the known benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Smaller scar/less scar tissue
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Reduced post-operative pain
  • Minimal soft tissue damage
  • Reduced muscle retraction
  • Decreased postoperative narcotics
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Possibility of performing on outpatient basis
  • Faster recovery
  • Quick return to work and resumption of normal activities
Arthritis of the neck

Not all patients are appropriate candidates for minimally invasive spine surgery. It is important to keep in mind that there needs to be certainty that the same or even better results can be achieved through minimally invasive spine surgery as with the respective open procedures.

Are You the Right Candidate

Degenerative disc disease is not really a disease but a term used to describe the normal changes in your spinal discs as you age. Spinal discs are soft, compressible discs that separate the interlocking bones (vertebrae) that make up the spine. The discs act as shock absorbers for the spine, allowing it to flex, bend, and twist. Degenerative disc disease can take place throughout the spine, but it most often occurs in the discs in the lower back (lumbar region) and the neck (cervical region).

Potential Risks

As with any spinal surgical procedures, there are risks involved, including:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Anesthesia reaction
  • Bleeding
  • Blood vessel damage
  • Blood clots
  • Bruising
  • Headache
  • Infection
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Paralysis
  • Pneumonia
  • Spinal fluid leakage
  • Stroke
  • Death
Conditions Treated with Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

The facet joints are the connections between the bones of the spine. The nerve roots pass through these joints to go from the spinal cord to the arms, legs and other parts of the body.

  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Spinal deformities such as scoliosis
  • Spinal instability
  • Vertebral compression fractures
  • Spinal infections

To request an appointment with Burak Ozgur, MD, specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery in southern California, Irvine, please call toll free 888-64-SPINE or Contact Us ➲.