Minimally Invasive Case Series

Innovative technologies transform spine care today and tomorrow

Leading spinal surgeons present cases that feature Medtronic's robust minimally invasive platform, with procedural solutions to address a wide variety of pathologies. New case studies will be featured during the coming weeks and months. Each technology case study includes a patient’s history, examination, imaging, treatment, outcome and engaging peer discussion. We invite you to view your colleagues’ cases and advance your knowledge of current spine technologies and techniques.

Traumatic L1 Vertebral Body Fracture

Presented by: J. Ammerman MD, M. Ammerman MD
A 29-year-old female presents with vertebral body fracture at L1 following a motor vehicle accident.

Degenerative Disc Disease and Spondylolisthesis with Progressive Back and Leg Pain

Unresponsive to conservative treatment
Presented by: D. Rouben MD

The patient is a 55-year-old male who works as a heavy equipment operator. He is 5'-11" tall and weighs 250 pounds. His symptoms, listed below, have worsened and continue to worsen in the last 12 months.

Minimally Invasive TLIF for the Treatment of Radiculopathy

Presented by: J. Mobasser MD

The patient is a 40-year-old male with a 2 year history of right L5 radiculopathy and mild low back pain. Recently, his symptoms have become progressive. He has seen two other surgeons for these issues.

MIS Treatment of Spondylolisthesis

Presented by: C. Barry MD

The patient is a 61-year-old male with a 3-year history of progressive severe low back pain and pain in both legs. His back pain is mechanical in nature; 60% back and 40% leg pain. He has a 6-month history of right lower extremity weakness.

Left C5-C6 Foraminal Disc Herniation

Presented by: R. Fessler MD, PhD
The patient is a male over 60 years of age, who reports that he had an episode of extremely severe right arm and hand pain beginning approximately 3 months ago. That pain was initially treated with a collar and pain medication but, with no relief. Epidural injections were then attempted and did provide temporary pain relief.

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis and Lower Extremity Pain in a 77-year-old Male

Presented by: C. Branch Jr., MD

The patient is a 77-year-old Caucasian male. He underwent recent elective quadruple coronary artery bypass graft 12 months prior with good recovery. He complains of bilateral buttock pain that radiates through his thighs and calves. Pain is exacerbated by standing and ambulation. He is unable to walk for more than 10 minutes or 2 to 3 blocks due to pain.

Direct Lateral Interbody Fusion for Degenerative Disc Disease and Degenerative Scoliosis

Presented by: R. Chua MD, FACS

A 63-year-old female presents with low back pain and bilateral leg pain approximately 18-months after a motor vehicle accident. Her back pain is worse that her leg pain. Pain limits her activity.

Adjacent Level Degeneration: Lumbar Disc Degeneration Adjacent to Previous Fusion

Presented by: R. Watkins, IV MD

In 2000, this 62-year-old retiree underwent successful L4-L5 anterior posterior fusion. She now presents with progressively worsening back and bilateral leg pain.

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis with Spondylolisthesis

Presented by: A. Shamie MD

A 59-year-old female presented with history of chronic bilateral lower extremity radicular pain. The patient reported difficulty walking and inability to exercise due to severe thigh and calf pain after about 5 minutes of exertion. She described the pain as 10 out of 10 and her pain was relieved upon bending forward.

Facet Arthropathy with Back Pain, Stenosis, Synovial Cyst and L5 Radiculopathy

Presented by: S. Ritland MD

The patient is a 67-year-old female with intermittent back pain that has become somewhat more severe for one year. She was referred to a physiatrist 5 months prior to my treatment after development of pain referring down her left leg. She underwent a series of blocks for back pain and a left L5 radiculitis without weakness.

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