IMERGENT Minimally Invasive Decompression / Fusion Spine Surgery

In cases where spine surgery is necessary, a minimally invasive approach is ideal. This approach minimizes the effects on the muscle and is critical to achieving a rapid and more complete recovery.

About the Procedure

The IMERGENT Minimally Invasive Decompression / Fusion Spine Surgery requires a less than a one-inch incision. The use of a microscope and fluoroscopy (a real-time imaging technique using X-rays) help guide the instrument placement during the procedure.

Dr. Keenen of Pacific Spine Specialists opts for a low radiation dose protocol that is far safer than traditional techniques and better aligns with the practice’s philosophy.

Through the incision, MATRIX™ pedicle screws are inserted at two or three consecutive spine segments to serve as anchor points. Then, the portion of a disc that is the source of the back or leg pain is removed. Interbody spacers are inserted to stabilize the spine before a short rod is used to connect the screws.

This technique offers maximum protection and preservation of the essential supporting muscle of the lumbar spine. The following video offers a great visual overview of the IMERGENT Minimally Invasive Decompression / Fusion Spine Surgery.

To contribute to the long-term outcome and improve recovery time, this procedure is coupled with exercise therapy to stretch and strengthen the body both before (pre-habilitation) and after (rehabilitation) surgery.

Pacific Spine Specialists provides IMERGENT Minimally Invasive Spinal Decompression in the Portland area. Schedule an appointment to learn more about this procedure and whether it is the best solution to treat your spinal condition.