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Dr. Steinhaus prefers motion-sparing surgery whenever possible. Occasionally, however the disease in the spine is such that part of the treatment is to stop the motion at the diseased segment.

This is typically the case when there is any instability (spondylolisthesis) causing compression of nerves, or if there is disc collapse causing pain and compression over the exiting nerve roots (foraminal stenosis), where the treatment is to restore the height of a collapsed disc and/or treat instability by stabilizing the spine. In this case, if nonoperative treatments have failed, a spinal fusion is necessary. In this surgery, Dr. Steinhaus makes percutaneous incisions in the back to place screws into the spine, and a small incision (18mm) in the back to remove fragments of the diseased disc and place a spacer into the disc space to restore the height of the disc and stabilize the spine.

Click here to watch a video about MIS TLIF (Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion)

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