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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery


Our Program

The minimally invasive spine program at the University of Rochester brings together Neurosurgeons, Neurologists, Anesthesiologists, Nurse Practitioners and Therapists to provide comprehensive multidisciplinary care. Through advanced technologies, our surgeons can help patients get relief from a wide variety of spine conditions with less scarring and discomfort, lower infection risk and shorter recovery time. Please download our brochure for additional information.

What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

Minimally invasive spine surgery aims to minimize damage to normal structures by using much smaller incisions. Through this technique, less open exposure of anatomy is needed to do the surgery, drastically decreasing the risk of chronic pain from permanent muscle damage. Use of minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of spine disorders has also led to decreased post-operative pain, dramatically lower blood loss, shorter hospital stays and more rapid returns to work.

What We Treat

Minimally invasive spine procedures are performed through small tubes with endoscopic or microscopic visualization. Through advanced technologies, our surgeons can help patients get relief from a range of spine conditions, including:

Our Team

Vassilios Dimopoulos, M.D.

Yan Michael Li, M.D., Ph.D.

Shahnawaz Qureshi, D.O.

Kevin Walter, M.D.

Andrew Wensel, M.D.

Minimally-Invasive TLIF (Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion)


Minimally-Invasive Lumbar Micro-decompression