Minimally Invasive Surgery

We specialize in non-operative spinal procedures and outpatient cervical and lumbar spine surgery, and always take the least invasive route possible for each patient. Preferably, we avoid any type of surgery if at all possible. When surgery is necessary though, we always opt for the most minimally invasive procedure. We even adapt minimally invasive surgery (MIS) techniques commonly performed on the brain for the spine, a unique, innovative approach few other neurosurgery practices utilize. MIS is always chosen over traditional surgery because of the range of benefits it provides to the patient, including but not limited to: reduced blood loss, a faster healing process, less tissue damage and higher likelihood the surgery will be completely outpatient or accompanied by a reduced hospital stay.

What is MIG-LIF?

Conceived by Dr. Scott Schlesinger, The MIG-LIF procedure — Midline Image Guided Lumbar Interbody Fusion — is one of the most minimally invasive key hole operations available in the world for lumbar laminectomy and fusion surgery. Our experienced neurosurgeons lead the nation in the development 
and advancement of this computer and image-guided micro spine surgery.

What are benefits of the MIG-LIF?

  • It is often performed outpatient or with shorter hospital stays
  • It allows for quicker recovery time
  • Patients report reduced post-op pain
  • There is a lower risk of MRSA infections
  • The costs are lower than traditional surgery
  • The use of innovative, cutting edge technology to help realign and stabilize the spine while healing occurs

In a retrospective clinical study, 40 patients suffering from degenerative disc disease who tested positive for radicular pain and segmental instability were treated using the Legacy Spinous Process MIG-LIF procedure. All 40 patients were successfully discharged the same day of surgery. Hospital stays associated with traditional spinal fusions are, on average, 3-5 days.

What conditions does the MIG-LIF treat?

Degenerative Disc Disease including spondylolisthesis with objective evidence of neurologic impairment, fracture, dislocation, scoliosis, kyphosis, spinal tumor, and failed previous fusion (pseudoarthrosis).

The MIG-LIF Procedure

Read about the MIG-LIF Procedure


Take a look at the MIG-LIF Patient Education video and the Patient Testimonial video to better understand the surgery and the benefits it can provide you.