Minimally Invasive Lumbar Spinal Fusion (cont.)
Jason C. Eck, DO, MS
Dr. Eck received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Catholic University of America in Biomedical Engineering, followed by a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University. Following this he worked as a research engineer conducting spine biomechanics research. He then attended medical school at University of Health Sciences. He is board eligible in orthopaedic surgery.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- Introduction to lumbar spinal fusion
- What is lumbar spinal fusion?
- What is minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion?
- What are the advantages of minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion?
- What is the disadvantage of minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion?
- How effective is minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion?
- Am I a candidate for minimally lumbar invasive spinal fusion?
- Minimally Invasive Lumbar Spinal Fusion At A Glance
Minimally Invasive Lumbar Spinal Fusion At A Glance
- The majority of patients with low back problems improves within six weeks
regardless of treatment and do not need surgery.
- Minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion attempts to achieve similar results
to traditional techniques with less blood loss, less pain, less muscle damage
and shorter hospital stay.
- Minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion through the abdomen has not been as
effective and has increased risk of nerve damage compared to traditional fusion
- Minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion through the back has been shown to be as effective as traditional techniques with less blood loss, less pain and shorter hospital stays.
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