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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

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Having back surgery doesn’t necessarily mean setting aside months of your life to recover.

Whenever possible, UHealth spine surgeons use minimally invasive surgical techniques to minimize your pain, and reduce hospital stay and recovery time. When considering spine surgery, your surgeon will explain the pros and cons of minimally-invasive surgery and determine if you are candidate.

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is less painful and offers you a quicker healing time by causing less damage to surrounding tissues. It also means you have a less noticeable scar than you would get from a traditional surgery. In fact, it is sometimes as small as two centimeters.

Since UHealth offers the greatest variety of MIS procedures in Florida, we are more than likely to have the right minimally invasive alternative that works for your needs.

Our surgeons have the most comprehensive array of highly-specialized, innovative technology and instruments for MIS procedures in the state, including:

  • Spinal endoscope for reducing incision size
  • Tubular dilator retractor systems to minimize tissue destruction
  • High resolution microscopes to improve visualization
  • O-arm® for intraoperative CT scanning
  • Mazor Renaissance™ Spine Robot to increase surgical precision
  • Advanced practice providers

Why Choose UHealth?

Over 30 unique minimally invasive spine surgeries. We can offer our patients the best in minimally invasive spine surgeries. These procedures are used to address spine problems like herniated discs or spinal stenosis.

State-of-the-art surgical and imaging equipment. When your neurosurgeon can see an up-close image throughout your surgery, they are better able to operate on the exact cause of your back pain, resulting in less invasive spine surgery. Our team is the best in the region, and we consistently utilize techniques and industry-leading innovation to ensure spine patients receive the best care and outcomes.

The highest standard of care. Our cerebrovascular and endovascular specialists set high standards and meet them through the expertise of highly skilled neurosurgeons and clinicians, state-of-the-art endovascular and surgical procedures, and pioneering research.

Leaders in the field. We have some of the best neurosurgeons in the region trained in the latest in endovascular surgery. They are experts in treating brain diseases that originate from or are related to cerebral blood vessels.

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What to Expect


At UHealth, minimally invasive spine surgery is precision medicine at its finest. Everyone experiences back pain and nerve dysfunction differently. Our spine surgeons focus on the specific cause and location of your back condition. We are here to relieve your symptoms with as little impact to your body as possible.

When you choose UHealth for your neck or back pain, you will be taken care of by a passionate, knowledgeable and comprehensive team of medical professionals who want to ensure that you receive the right treatment for your unique condition. Your team includes:

  • Neurosurgeons
  • Neurologists
  • Neuroscience investigators
  • Intensivists
  • Pain rehabilitation specialists
  • Advanced practice providers

We are some of the most experienced surgeons in South Florida in surgical technology so we can offer our patients the best in minimally invasive spine surgeries. These procedures are used to address spine problems like herniated discs or spinal stenosis.

Common procedures include:

  • Discectomy
  • Artificial disc replacement
  • Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) and Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF)
  • Laminectomy

We consistently utilize techniques and industry-leading innovation to ensure spine patients receive the best care and outcomes.

O-Arm® Surgical Imaging System. During your spinal procedure, a noninvasive scanner with an o-shaped arm provides 3D images so surgeons can make adjustments at the time of surgery, improving safety and accuracy. This means: 

  • Less time in surgery
  • Smaller incisions
  • Reduced risk of repeat surgery
  • Less radiation exposure from imaging
  • Better outcomes, thanks to safer, more accurate placement of instruments


  • Mazor Renaissance™ Spine Robot. Every person’s spine is different, which means that their back-pain problem is unique to them and therefore requires a surgical procedure that is specially tailored to fix their issues. The Mazor spine robot allows surgeons to do that before they even step into the operating room. This innovative new tool for minimally invasive spine procedures creates a “map” or “blueprint” of your spine using X-rays and MRIs that guide your specially trained surgeon during your procedure. Rest assured, regardless of the advanced technology, your surgeon is always in control.

    Benefits of the Mazor Renaissance™ Spine Robot:

    • Better surgical accuracy
    • Less use of fluoroscopy
    • Lower complication rates

    For more information and to make an appointment with one of our expert neurosurgeons, please call (305) 243-BACK (2225) or request an appointment online.

    Accepted Insurances

    Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.

    • Aetna WC
    • Aetna Affiliates/Signature Adm (ASA)
    • Aetna Behavioral Health
    • Aetna Elect Choice (EPO)
    • Aetna Florida Healthy Kids
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Medicaid HMO
    • Aetna Medicare HMO
    • Aetna Medicare PPO
    • Aetna POS
    • Aetna PPO
    • Aetna UM Employee HMO 1
    • Aetna UM Employee HMO 2
    • Aetna UM Employee POS HRA
    • Aetna/Coventry Institutes of Excellence (IOE)
    • Amerigroup Florida Healthy Kids
    • Amerigroup Medicaid HMO
    • Argus Vision
    • AvMed Choice
    • AvMed HMO/POS
    • AvMed MDC and JHS Groups
    • AvMed Medicare HMO
    • AXIS
    • BCBS Blue Options Network Blue PPO
    • BCBS BlueCare HealthOptions HMO
    • BCBS BlueChoice PPC/PPO
    • BCBS Miami Dade Blue PPO Limited Benefits Plan
    • BCBS of Florida (All products except "SELECT" Plans)
    • BCBS of Florida (Commercial plans exclude HIX Select)
    • BCBS Traditional PHS/PPO
    • Beacon Health (ValueOption)
    • Beech Street PPO
    • Broward Health Medical Center
    • CarePlus Medicare HMO
    • Catholic Hospice
    • CCP/CMS Title XIX (Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
    • CCP/CMS Title XXI (Non Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
    • CCP/MMA (Broward County residents)
    • Charlotte County Sheriffs Office PPO
    • Cigna Affiliates
    • Cigna Behavioral Health
    • Cigna Dental HMO/PPO
    • Cigna EPO
    • Cigna HMO
    • Cigna Life Source (Intracorp is part of Cigna Lifesource)
    • Cigna MDCPS Jackson Sr. High
    • Cigna POS
    • Cigna PPO
    • Cigna Shared Administration
    • Clear Health Alliance SNP Medicaid HMO
    • Concordia Behavioral Health
    • CorVel WC
    • Coventry First Health WC
    • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) HMO/POS
    • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) PPO
    • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) HMO
    • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) POS
    • Coventry National PPO
    • Coventry Summit Medicare HMO
    • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
    • Coventry First Health PPO
    • Delta Dental PPO
    • DentaQuest (ADI)
    • DIKLA
    • Dimension WC
    • Dimension Plus PPO
    • EHN PPO
    • EQUIAN (Health Systems International)
    • Europe Assistance/Global Corporate Solutions (Care Management Network)
    • eyeQuest
    • FCCI WC
    • Florida Healthcare Plan (Affiliate of BCBSFL)
    • Florida PACE (FPC)
    • Freedom Health Medicaid HMO
    • Freedom Health Medicare HMO
    • Gallagher Bassett WC (MDCPS & FCSRMC)
    • Global Excel Mgt PPO
    • Great West (Cigna) HMO/POS
    • Guardian Life PPO
    • HAA Preferred Partners
    • Health First Health HMO/POS
    • Health First Health Medicare HMO
    • Health First Health PPO
    • Health Net Veterans Choice HMO
    • Heritage Summit Healthcare WC
    • Humana Behavioral Health (LifeSynch)
    • Humana Dental/CompBenefits/OHS
    • Humana EPO
    • Humana HMO
    • Humana Medicaid HMO
    • Humana Medicare HMO
    • Humana National Transplant
    • Humana PPO
    • Humana Premier
    • iCare Health Solutions
    • Interlink Health Services
    • International Kids Fund (IKF)
    • League Medical Concepts Federal Inmates
    • Life Trac
    • Magellan Behavioral Health
    • Magellan Complete Care SNP Medicaid HMO
    • MDAbroad
    • Medica Medicare HMO
    • Medical Development In't (MDI)-Federal Inmates
    • Medicus
    • Metlife Dental PPO
    • MHNet Behavioral Network (MHNet)
    • Molina
    • Molina Market Place
    • Molina Medicaid HMO
    • Molina Medicare HMO
    • Morgan White International
    • MultiPlan PPO
    • Naphcare (Federal Prisoners)
    • National Healthcare Solutions Inc.
    • Neighborhood HealthPlan HMO/POS
    • Neighborhood HealthPlan PPO
    • North Broward Hospital District PPO
    • Olympus Managed Healthcare
    • Optum
    • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicaid HMO
    • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicare HMO
    • Prestige Health Choice Medicaid HMO
    • Prime Health Services WC
    • Quality Health Management
    • Religious Order of Jehovah's Witnesses PPO
    • Rockport Healthcare Group WC
    • Royal Caribbean Cruises PPO
    • Sanus Health Corporation
    • Seasons Hospice
    • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
    • Solstice Dental HMO/PPO
    • Start Healthcare Network
    • Sunshine
    • Sunshine AMBETTER
    • Sunshine Healthy Kids HMO
    • Sunshine Medicaid HMO
    • Sunshine Medicare HMO
    • Tricare South Prime HMO
    • Tricare South Standard PPO
    • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
    • UnitedHealthcare Affiliates
    • UnitedHealthcare Healthy Kids HMO
    • UnitedHealthcare HMO/POS
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicaid HMO
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Nursing Home Plan
    • UnitedHealthcare PPO
    • University of Miami Athletic Dept PPO
    • VUMI
    • Wellcare/Staywell Healthy Kids HMO
    • Wellcare/Staywell Medicaid HMO
    • Wexford Health State Inmates
    • Worldwide Managed Care