Minimally Invasive Surgery Techniques in Spinal Deformity Conditions: Q&A With Dr. Michael A. Gleiber
Written by Laura Miller
Michael A. Gleiber, M.D., F.A.A.O.S., is a Board-Certified, Fellowship Trained, Spinal Surgeon and Founder of Michael A. Gleiber, MD, PA, in Jupiter and Boca Raton, Florida. In this article, he is interviewed on his minimally invasive surgical techniques for deformity correction.
Q: What trends are you seeing in minimally invasive spine surgical techniques today? Is it becoming more common among spine surgeons?
Dr. Michael Gleiber: Minimally invasive spine surgery is becoming “the norm” of how spine procedures can and should be performed for patients. These benefits include safer surgery, less violation of the healthy soft tissues and muscles in the spine, decreased pain requirements, decreased blood loss, more accurate placement of implants and a faster return to work as well as shorter hospital stays.
Minimally invasive technique also has an impact on the hospital global cost analysis, as the patient generally requires a shortened hospital stay and less postoperative pain medication as well as a decreased need for a blood transfusion, which is another reason it has become more common today.