Welcome to Our Minimally Invasive Spine Center

Dr. Kasra Ahmadinia and the specialty-trained staff in the Minimally Invasive Spine Center at Advanced Orthopedics of Oklahoma have extensive training and expertise in treating patients with spine injuries and conditions. A recognized expert in the surgical correction of cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine injuries and conditions, Dr. Ahmadinia is committed to helping patients return to their active lifestyles quickly and safely.

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The term “minimally invasive” refers to an advanced approach to surgery that focuses on precision and preservation and has many advantages over traditional open procedures. Our board-certified minimally invasive spine surgeon, Dr. Kasra Ahmadinia, is fellowship-trained in spine surgery and has dedicated his practice to this specialized field of study. While performing minimally invasive spine surgery, Dr. Ahmadinia utilizes a variety of advanced, state-of-the-art techniques, allowing him to operate with minimal trauma and disruption to surrounding muscles and tissues.

The goal of minimally invasive spine surgery is to stabilize the vertebral bones and joints, thereby relieving any pressure on the spinal nerves caused by such conditions as spinal instability, herniated discs, tumors, scoliosis, and various other traumatic or painful conditions afflicting the spine. Because the spinal nerves, vertebrae, and discs are located deep within the spinal column, access to the damaged or injured area requires moving surrounding muscles and tissue.

While traditional open surgeries involve larger incisions and, consequently, greater damage and disruption to the area, minimally invasive spine surgery utilizes smaller incisions and instruments and emphasizes working around the surrounding muscles and tissues. Advanced techniques used to facilitate access to the damaged or injured area often include small incisions and instruments as well as microscopic video devices through these incisions to guide the procedure, ensuring precision and accuracy. By keeping the surrounding muscles and tissues healthy, undisturbed, and intact, patients enjoy safer procedures, quicker recoveries, less pain, and shorter hospital stays.

As a leader and pioneer in state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgical treatments and breakthroughs, our expert spine surgeon at Advanced Orthopedics of Oklahoma is continually trained and experienced in performing a number of minimally invasive spine surgeries so our patients can resume their active lifestyles quickly and safely.

Please use the links provided to learn more about the minimally invasive spine surgeries offered at Advanced Orthopedics of Oklahoma.

Patient Consultation

The Minimally Invasive Spine Center at Advanced Orthopedics of Oklahoma provides our back, neck, and spine patients access to consultation Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. This access is in addition to our coverage of back, neck, and spine surgical emergencies at area emergency departments. See below to learn more about the spine treatment options provided at the Minimally Invasive Spine Center at Advanced Orthopedics of Oklahoma.

Prior to your consultation, new patients will be asked to complete forms, which include medical history, demographic, and insurance information. This information, along with any current diagnostic imaging (X-ray, CT, MRI), will be utilized by your doctor to help in your diagnosis and treatment plan.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Ahmadinia in our Minimally Invasive Spine Center, please call (918) 494-AOOK (2665) or click on the Appointment Request button.

FAQ

When should I consider surgery?

Surgery should always be the last resort when it comes to treating spinal conditions in the neck and back. However, if various non-operative treatments have been attempted without improvement or worsening over a 6-12 month period, then surgical treatment seems reasonable for certain specific conditions such as spinal stenosis, sciatica, spondylolisthesis or degenerative scoliosis. The decision for surgery should be individualized to the patient and the patient’s symptoms, along with their level of function.

Will I need physical therapy after I get minially invasive spine surgery?

Physical therapy is an important component of a rapid recovery. This is individualized to the patient, but in most cases, physical therapy started 2-6 weeks after surgery, depending on the surgery performed and the patient’s overall condition.

What are the disadvantages of MISS compared to traditional, open surgery?

Minimally invasive spine surgery holds significant promise, in terms of less pain and more rapid recovery. However, it is important to keep in mind that this is relatively new technology, and all new techniques are associated with some degree of uncertainty.

Furthermore, certain minimally invasive techniques are highly technical and require significant training, and in cases where there is a lack of training, complications may occur. Such complications can include inadequate decompression, nerve injury, infection or persistent pain.

However, these are all risks that are associated with open surgery as well. Occasionally, due to the complexity and technical challenges of minimally invasive surgery, the surgeries may take a longer period of time to complete.

Is minimally invasive spine surgery experimental?

No. MISS has been used sucessfully for many years. However, the scope, complexity and procedures available continue to evolve at a rapid rate.

Why aren’t more hospitals and surgeons performing MIS surgeries?

Minimally invasive surgery is highly technical. This requires significant training of the surgeon as well as the OR staff. Furthermore, the equipment needed to perform these procedures safely and effectively can be very expensive.

While at the airport, will I set off the alarms due to the hardware implanted in my body? Will I need a note from my surgeon?

The implants in spinal procedures (titanium and PEEK) do not set off the alarms in an airport. You do NOT need a clearance note from your spine surgeon.

How long does it take to be added to the surgical schedule?

Once surgery is offered by Dr. Ahmadinia and authorized, patients can be booked for surgery within 1-2 weeks, providing they can be medically cleared for surgery.