Minimally invasive spine surgery offers key advantages over open surgery, which requires larger incision, muscle stripping and damage, longer hospital stay and recuperation period.
Advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery:
What symptoms possibly can be treated with surgery?
Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLIF)
Unlike other lateral approaches to the spine which go through the muscles, the OLIF surgery avoids the muscle entirely preventing significant leg weakness after surgery. Michael Rhee, M.D., is among an elite group of physicians using the OLIF approach to spine surgery.
OLIF is recommended to treat nerve pinching caused by severe loss of disc height due to degeneration and spine instability, among other conditions.
With traditional spine surgery, the physician cuts through muscle mass to reach the spine. But with OLIF, Dr. Rhee makes a small incision in the patient’s side.
Watch this video of Dr. Rhee explaining OLIF.
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Philosophy of Care
“We offer a wide scope of surgeries to decompress, stabilize and re-align the spine,” Dr. Rhee said. But he cautions that not everyone is a candidate for surgery.
“We often start by recommending physical therapy, pain management and weight loss,” Dr. Rhee said. When conservatively managed, many patients improve without surgery. Others may still require traditional open surgery because of their anatomy or other medical issues.
“The patient’s needs dictate what surgeries they will need to achieve pain relief,” Dr. Rhee added. “Having this wide range of minimally invasive surgical techniques available means we have more options than ever to better serve our patients, and ultimately, to improve their outcomes.”
“The patient’s needs dictate what surgeries they will need to achieve pain relief. Having this wide range of minimally invasive surgical techniques available means we have more options than ever to better serve our patients, and ultimately, to improve their outcomes.” -Michael Rhee, M.D.