Advanced technology and cutting-edge minimally invasive spine treatments for a wide range of spine and neurological conditions

Burak Ozgur, MD and his team offers the latest minimally invasive spine treatments for spine disorders. We work together as a team to determine the right and best treatment option for each patient. Dr. Ozgur offers his patients extraordinary access to several levels of care, which provides the best opportunity possible to reduce pain and increase functioning and quality of life.


Spinal surgery is a very exciting field where new developments and technology are improving both patient outcomes and satisfaction. Many of the older procedures can now be done with minimally invasive approaches assisted with endoscopes, laser techniques and/or computer-guided imaging, developed here at Stanford.

Stanford Spine neurosurgeons and other specialists work together to determine which treatment option will be best for you. Patients receive these procedures on an outpatient basis or with a brief hospital stay. In either situation, minimally invasive surgery reduces postsurgical pain and promotes faster recovery.


Cervical spondylosis is also called cervical osteoarthritis. It is a condition involving changes to the bones, discs, and joints of the neck. These changes are caused by the normal wear-and-tear of aging. With age, the discs of the cervical spine gradually break down, lose fluid, and become stiffer. Cervical spondylosis usually occurs in middle-aged and elderly people. Read more ➲

Dynamic Stabilization

Dynamic stabilization is a surgical technique that involves placing a dynamic stabilization device into your affected disc. This process requires using screws to anchor the device to the vertebrae. These screws are connected to plastic tubes and rope to help prevent excess tension and compression. Read more ➲

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is sometimes called less invasive spine surgery. In these procedures, doctors use specialized instruments to access the spine through small incisions. Read more ➲


A microdiscectomy is typically performed for a herniated lumbar disc and is actually more effective for treating leg pain (also known as radiculopathy) than lower back pain. Read more ➲

Motion-Sparing Techniques

Used to reduce pain and preserve motion, motion-sparing techniques involves putting an artificial devices back into the spine which provide stability and support. Read more ➲

Multilevel Fusions

While multilevel spinal fusions are a common and necessary procedure to treat many types of spinal pathology, such as scoliosis or other types of deformity, for treatment of low back pain from lumbar degenerative disc pathology this type of procedure remains controversial. Read more ➲

Artificial Disc Replacement

With artificial disc replacement, pain relief is brought about by removal of the painful disc and motion is maintained with the use of a prosthetic implant made of metal (with or without a plastic bearing surface). Read more ➲

XLIF (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion)

A minimally invasive spinal surgery, eXtreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) is performed through an incision in the patient’s side, which provides access to the spine without having to cut the large muscles of the back. XLIF is generally recommended to treat back and leg pain that may be caused by degenerative disc disease or a bulging or herniated disc. The surgeon will make a small incision and remove the damaged portion of the disc. Read more ➲

ALIF (Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion)

This minimally invasive spine surgery is done from the front of the body, while the patient is lying face up. This anterior, or front, approach, is preferred because it does not involve the cutting of any of the major muscles of the back, which can increase recovery and rehabilitation time and pain levels. Read more ➲

TLIF (Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion)

Spinal fusion (such as a TLIF) is a surgical technique to stabilize the spinal vertebra and the disc or shock absorber between the vertebra. Lumbar fusion surgery is designed to create solid bone between the adjoining vertebra, eliminating any movement between the bones. The goal of the surgery is to reduce pain and nerve irritation. Read more ➲

To request an appointment with Burak Ozgur, MD, one of the best spine surgeons in Southern California, specializing in minimally invasive spine cares. Please call (949) 383-4190 or toll free 888-64-SPINE or Contact Us ➲.