Least Invasive Spine Procedures

At the International Spine Institute, our goal is to be the most innovative orthopedic spine practice serving the greater Baton Rouge, and New Orleans areas.  We offer the least invasive spine surgery options that tailor treatment to our patients and have the fastest recovery time, return to work, play, and a pain-free lifestyle.  Least invasive spine surgery is an emerging philosophy that bridges the gap between pain management and spinal surgery.  Often, patients who fail to achieve adequate back pain relief from pain management are referred to an orthopedic spine surgeon for spinal surgery. Our least invasive philosophy uses endoscopic spine surgery procedures, such as endoscopic rhizotomy, as an excellent alternative to failed pain management and spinal fusion.



Least Invasive Spine Surgery versus Minimally Invasive Surgery

Least Invasive Spine Surgery

An evolving philosophy of treating painful spine patients with less invasive spine surgery before ever considering traditional and minimally invasive spine surgery (MIS). Our endoscopic spine surgeries, such as endoscopic rhizotomy, are less invasive than MIS.  Improved technologies and techniques are tailored for pinpointing pain generators in the spine. Approaching the spine with regenerative medicine (Stem Cell Therapy) or endoscopic spine surgery, can relieve the pain and reduce collateral damage and tissue disruption that MIS and traditional spine surgery can cause.

Least invasive spine surgery is an excellent alternative to spinal fusion and should be exhausted before ever considering MIS surgery. Although, we do offer patients minimally invasive spine surgery when appropriate, most of our patients do very well without more invasive spine surgery or spinal fusion.  In fact, for select patients, our endoscopic spine procedures are as effective as traditional spinal surgery in reducing painful conditions without spinal fusion. These procedures cause less pain and less trauma to the muscles supporting your back. Also, our least invasive procedures have faster recovery times and allow you return to work and life quicker with back pain relief.



The Least-Invasive Endoscopic Spine Surgery Advantages

  • Reduces Need or Dependency for Narcotic Pain Medication
  • Reduces the Need for Spinal Fusion
  • Reduces Blood Loss
  • Reduces Muscle and Tissue Disruption
  • Returns People to Work and Play Sooner Than Traditional Spine Surgery
  • ½ Inch Incision Reduces Infections, Scarring, Complications and Post-Operative Pain.
  • Outpatient Surgery Allows for Patients to Go Home Within a Few Hours of Surgery


At the International Spine Institute, We Offer The Following
Least-Invasive Procedures:

Stem Cell Therapy

Regenerative stem cell therapy offers patients suffering from discogenic low back pain a less invasive healing option. Stem cell therapy performed by our surgeon is an innovative way to use your body’s own stem cells to treat degenerative and discogenic pain. After conservative efforts have failed and the patient is still in pain, this is an excellent alternative to invasive surgery.

Learn More About Stem Cell Therapy

Endoscopic Discectomy

Endoscopic discectomy is a herniated disc surgery that is the least invasive procedure used to treat herniated, protruded, extruded, bulging discs and disc tears that compress or irritate the spinal nerves causing back or leg pain. Through a less than ½ inch incision, the smallest we know in spine surgery, an endoscope with HD camera is inserted to visualize and decompress the herniated disc, annular tear, and spinal nerves.

If you have looked at the alternative options and believe that least invasive spine procedures might be the right route for you, seek out a second opinion from our spine surgeon. For a spine doctor in Baton Rouge, contact us at International Spine Institute for your obligation-free consultation today!

Learn More About Endoscopic Discectomy


Endoscopic Rhizotomy

Patients suffering from low back pain when standing for long periods of time or bending backwards may be good candidates for this procedure. The endoscopic rhizotomy has shown to be more effective at providing back pain relief for 90% of patients, up to 5 years. If you had temporary relief with a percutaneous medial branch rhizotomy you may be a candidate for an endoscopic rhizotomy.

Learn More About Endoscopic Rhizotomy


Endoscopic Foraminoplasty

A precise least invasive technique used by surgeons to specifically target foraminal stenosis without the need for spinal fusion. The endoscopic technique uses rongeurs, reamers, and small motorized burrs to selectively enlarge the bony foramen, thus freeing up the compressed spinal nerve.

Learn More About Endoscopic Foraminoplasty


Endoscopic Interlaminar Discectomy

A least invasive surgical approach through a ½ inch incision minimizes the trauma to the surrounding spinal elements, which reduces the recovery time and post-operative pain.  In addition, the endoscope provides the surgeon with a superior view of the spinal cord, herniated disc and surrounding areas.

Learn More About Endoscopic Interlaminar Discectomy