“We can do fusions, decompressions, scoliosis surgery even, at times, minimally invasively through a lateral approach. We’re really pushing the envelope with minimally invasive surgery in spine.”

In the last 10 years, the field of spinal surgery has been fortunate to experience an upheaval in progress, with a number of new technologies and methods allowing for easier procedures and better outcomes than what was seen before. Now, minimally invasive procedures have become an option for patients who previously may not have had an option at all.

Dominic Pelle, MD, has felt this impact in his practice. As a spinal surgeon in Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Spine Health, he and colleagues have helped to “push the envelope” of spinal surgery by developing these minimally invasive techniques. To find out more from him, NeurologyLive sat down with Pelle to discuss these developments.

Pelle also provided insight into the future of spine surgery and discussed how a new international push from global study groups has pushed surgeons and those treating spinal injury to achieve greater progress and continue to innovate.