Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

If you want to go through spine surgery safely, minimally invasive operation is the best option for you. Why this approach is considered to be the standard of modern surgery, and what the specialists of Bonifatius hospital can do for you?

What is non-invasive spine surgery?

When a person starts experiencing severe pain in neck or back, it usually means that there's something wrong with the bones or connecting tissues. They may wear down, be pressed by hernias or damaged because of injury. If usual treatment (drugs, therapies, massage, exercises) doesn't help, minimally invasive spine careis the only solution of the problem. Today, minimally invasive surgeries are preferable and can be performed to solve almost any problem with the spine.

What is endoscopic back operation?

This is a procedure during which the surgeon accesses the spine and nerves by making a small incision in patient's skin and sometimes uses a microscope to see the inside of the spine better. This approach is preferable, because it requires making smaller cuts and makes recovery period much shorter. With endoscopic minimally invasive spine surgery, a person will have to spend 1-3 days in the hospital, and in a few weeks, will be able to restore normal physical activity.

Bonifatius hospital also practices robotic assisted surgery: in this case, small robotized instruments are used to help the surgeon. It allows for making sophisticated procedures more accurately and safer.

Types of minimally invasive spine surgery

Specialists of Bonifatius hospital can perform many different minimally invasive operations. Three main kinds of surgeries performed are:

  • Mini-open. Such operation is similar to the open surgery, but it poses less risk to the patient. There's lower chance of blood loss, infection and development of hernia. This approach has become possible thanks to advances in visualization methods.
  • Tubular surgery requires using a tubular retractor which serves as a tunnel for the surgeon to access spine muscles with the instruments. This approach is also called "muscle splitting". In comparison with the open surgery this operation causes less bleeding and muscle damage.
  • Endoscopic spine surgery means that the surgeon uses a small tube with a camera (endoscope) that is inserted through small incisions. The camera transmits the internal view of the spine on the display in the operation room, which allows the surgeon for making more precise manipulations.


Although the peculiarities of operation depend on the type of defect treated, there are many common features for most of them. Before the surgery, a patient gets general anesthesia to fall asleep and not to experience pain. Then he lies on stomach or side and the surgeon makes a small cut on the affected area to access spine muscles and nerves. Several layers of tissues can be moved and cut out to get to the affected vertebrae. Then the surgeon removes or repairs affected bones and nerves, inserts a bone graft or connecting tissues, and closes the opening layer by layer. To work with small nerves, a microscope can be used. Besides, metal or plastic elements can be used to fix the affected zone of spine. After the end of surgery, patient can either stay in the hospital, or go home.Some minimally invasive spineoperations can be done on the outpatient basis.

Side effects

Although minimally invasive laser spine surgery has a lower chance of complications and side effects, there still can be some negative outcomes. Any surgery can cause:

  • Severe bleeding
  • Allergic reaction to anesthesia or some medications
  • Thrombophlebitis (blood clotting that may cause blood clots in vessels)
  • Lung problems that can be avoided by making your lungs work normally and breathe deeply
  • Infection
  • Fracture of metal devices (if there are some)
  • Moving of implant
  • Pain in spine
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Pseudoarthrosis

Why thousands of patients trust Bonifatius Hospital?

Where to find a place that has consistent level of service and a reasonable minimally invasive spine surgery cost? Bonifatius hospital provides excellent conditions for patients: we have state-of-art equipment and devices that allow performing even very sophisticated procedures.

Our team in head with Prof. MD Peter Douglas Klassen applies multi-disciplinary approach which means that we discuss and organize individual treatment plan for every patient, reaching the highest efficiency and safety of therapy.

Bonifatius Hospital is located in Lingen, Germany. Want to become our patient? Contact us via email or phone, and we will help you to organize your trip and treatment. We are ready to help people even with the most complicated cases, and you can become the next person getting free from spine pain forever.