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Minimally Invasive Stabilization


Spine stabilization surgery can now be performed using minimally invasive stabilization procedures that offer patients a safe and effective alternative to back fusion with a faster recovery. Spinal stabilization can be performed through a tiny incision without cutting or damaging the surrounding muscles.

Spine stabilization surgery is often used along with decompression surgery that removes pressure from the spinal cord. It can be used to treat a variety of spinal conditions that interfere with your regular activities by making standing, walking, or twisting very painful.

Back Pain Centers of America (BPC) offers minimally invasive back pain treatment options to treat most spinal conditions. Take the first step toward freedom from back pain by giving us a call at [sc name=”patient_phone_number_dash”] today.

Man exercises after minimally invasive stabilization


Minimally invasive spinal stabilization offers patients a spinal fusion alternative with several benefits:

  • Small incision and less scaring
  • Short hospital stay with most procedures performed on an outpatient basis
  • Quicker recovery
  • Relief from pain and improved mobility

Conditions/Symptoms Treated

Spinal stabilization is used to treat any condition that causes your spine to be unstable, such as:

Spine stabilization surgery may also be used alongside other minimally invasive procedures, such as discectomy.


You will be given specific preparation instructions before your spinal stabilization. You will be asked to do the following as part of your preparation:

  • Stop smoking – Smoking will slow healing and may interfere with how well your spine fuses. You will be asked to stop smoking for a period before and after surgery.
  • Stop taking certain supplements and medications – Some medications and supplements increase your risk of bleeding and must be avoided before surgery. You will be told which of these to stop taking and for how long.
  • Fast for 6-12 hours – You will be told exactly how long before the procedure you will need to stop eating and drinking.
  • Arrange a ride – You will not be able to drive after your surgery and must arrange to have someone drop you off and pick you up.

Please note: Failure to follow pre-surgical instructions may result in the postponement of your procedure.


Minimally invasive stabilization is performed through a very small incision measuring approximately 1-inch. A special X-ray helps guide the surgeon through the procedure. The spine is accessed between the muscles using a tubular dilator. Once the surgeon has access to the right portion of the spine, retractors are used to keep the space open for the procedure and special implants are put in place to fuse two or more vertebrae together. If a nerve is compressed and causing symptoms, a procedure to correct that will be used before moving on to spinal stabilization.

Once the procedure is complete, the incision will be closed and you will be taken to the recovery room to be monitored for a few hours.


After your minimally invasive spine stabilization surgery, you will be told when you can return to work and other activities. Your doctor will also prescribe physical therapy to help with your rehabilitation. It is normal to have some pain at the incision site, and that can be managed using pain medication and by applying ice.

You may be given a back brace to wear to help support your back and help with fusion after spinal stabilization.

If you’re tired of living in pain, BPC can help. Our board-certified specialists have helped more than 30,000 people find relief from back pain using minimally invasive back pain treatments. Call us at [sc name=”patient_phone_number_dash”] today to learn more.

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