Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery


If back pain is compromising your way of life, your ability to work or compete at sports, or even to enjoy the hobbies you’ve come to love, know that you’ve come to the right place.

It starts with our qualifications.

When you’re talking about spine surgery, qualifications are everything. Unfortunately, too many non-surgeons claim to be qualified to perform Minimally

Invasive Spine Surgery after taking very limited coursework. This puts patients at risk.

Here at Alabama Ortho Spine & Sports, each surgeon who performs Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with years of extensive training in spine surgery. With MDs from accredited, highly regarded medical schools.

In fact, our founder, Dr. Perry Savage, was the first physician in Alabama to perform a minimally invasive discectomy. Dr. Lauren P. Savage, Jr. received a spine fellowship, training with neurosurgeons. And Dr. Greg Gullung is spine fellowship-trained, as well. In all, our highly skilled team has helped over 40,000 patients overcome back and spine pain.

So how important is all of our education and experience? We would ask nothing less if our own family member needed this surgery, and you should expect nothing less of your minimally invasive spine surgeon, as well.

Traditional Open Surgery vs. Minimally Invasive Surgery

 A lot goes into the decision to have spine surgery. That’s why it’s important to us to make sure you’re fully informed of what goes into it – and what you can hope to get out it. So that together, we can make the right decision for you.

The benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery versus traditional open spine surgery are many.

Traditional, or “open”, surgery generally requires a long incision to allow the physician to more easily view and access the anatomy. Retractors are then used to pull back the tissue and muscle to reveal the affected area. The resulting wound and trauma to surrounding muscles then takes considerable time to heal.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, on the other hand, requires a much smaller incision, as small as just three millimeters. So we can reduce tissue trauma and associated bleeding, while minimizing the risk of infection and avoiding significant damage to the muscles surrounding the spine.

And through our innovative Pain Mapping process, we can isolate the specific source of your pain, which enables our physicians to focus precisely on that area in the least invasive way.

The bottom line? With Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, you can achieve real and significant pain relief, with lower risk of infection and complications, faster healing, and a much shorter recovery time.

So you can stop being limited by back pain, and get back to being you.