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Surgical Treatments

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At the USC Spine Center, we believe in empowering our patients with knowledge about their spine surgery, whether the procedure is minimally invasive or a more traditional procedure. We work to ensure our patients understand the surgery they will be undergoing and what to expect in the weeks and months following.

Download a PDF patient guide to spine surgery and the recovery process.
View videos on spine surgery and the recovery process.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive spine (MIS) surgery allows for treatment through small incisions and targeted approaches to decrease muscle and soft tissue injuries. With smaller incisions and more targeted approaches, there is an overall decrease in soft tissue damage, leading to quicker recovery and decreased surgical infection rates. Some MIS surgery procedures, such as microdisectomy and microlaminectomy, can be performed on an outpatient basis for certain patients. Clinical studies have also demonstrated that MIS surgery decreases surgical blood loss, hospitalization time, overall recovery time and time away from work. Options include:

Microdiscectomy »
Microlaminectomy »
Posterior spinal fusion »

Other Surgical Options

We provide a wide range of traditional surgical treatment options as well. Some of these treatments, including artificial disc replacement and anterior cervical disectomy and fusion, can be performed on an outpatient basis for certain patients. Options include:

Anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion »
Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion »
Anterior lumbar corpectomy and fusion »
Anterior lumbar interbody fusion »
Artificial disc replacement »
Laminoplasty »
Microscopic posterior cervical foraminotomy »
Posterior cervical fusion »
Posterior lumbar interbody fusion and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion »
Posterior spine fusion »

Surgical Imaging Options

Intraoperative navigation and imaging »

Nonsurgical Options

Our physicians have access to a host of nonoperative treatments to design an individualized treatment plan. Not all back or neck conditions require surgery — in fact, many conditions can be treated with a conservative approach. Learn more about nonoperative treatments.


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