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Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine Surgery

Spine Center Lower Back scanMinimally invasive spine techniques are becoming more widespread with the advancement of technology than ever before, enabling neurosurgeons who operate on the neck and back to treat a broader range of spine disorders, such as degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, fractures, tumors, infections, instability and deformity.

With the latest advancements in minimally invasive endoscopic surgeries, patients experience less disruption to the surrounding muscles potentially resulting in faster recovery compared to the standard open surgical procedures. Potential benefits may include: smaller incisions, less pain, shorter hospital stay and quicker return to work and activities.

Neck and Spine Regions

In medical terminology, the spine is divided into regions that correspond to their position along the vertebrae in the backbone. These sections are:

  • Cervical vertebrae in the neck (C1-C7)
  • Thoracic vertebrae in the chest-level or upper back segment (T1-T12)
  • Lumbar vertebrae in the lower back (L1-L5)
  • Sacral vertebrae in the pelvic region (S1-S5)

Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine Specialists

Dr. Daniel Kim

Daniel Kim, M.D.

  • Fellowship-trained, board-certified neurosurgeon who is an expert in minimally invasive spinal surgery, both endoscopic and robotic; peripheral nerve surgery; and complex spinal reconstruction
  • Serves as Director of the Reconstructive Spinal and Peripheral Nerve Surgery at the Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center and Professor of Neurosurgery at UTHealth Medical School
  • Dr. Kim has won numerous awards and honors, authored hundreds of papers and published 17 surgical textbooks

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