Minimally Invasive Direct Thoracic Interbody Fusion (MIS-DTIF)

One of the only doctors performing this revolutionary procedure
Minimally Invasive Direct Thoracic Interbody Fusion (MIS-DTIF) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to achieve spinal fusion of the thoracic vertebrae.

The MIS-DTIF Approach: Advanced, Simple, Efficient, Ingenious

Taking a Non-traditional Approach

Thoracic fusions are performed mainly done posteriorly. This normally results in an approach through the thoracotomy and lateral that requires a thoracic surgeon assisting in the surgery for the thoracotomy.

This procedure is a minimally invasive procedure in a prone position, without the need to change positions, through the pleural space to the interbody with a single surgeon

Fusion Solution

A biocompatible polymer implant, along with bone graft material, is then positioned into the empty space left by the removed disc. This implant material maintains proper spacing of the vertebrae while the fusion takes place. Typically, a posterior fixation with pedicle or facet screws also accompanies this procedure.

A Solid Success

Once the adjacent vertebrae are joined together by a solid “bridge” of new bone mass, the fusion process is complete.

Mission Accomplished

The MIS-DTIF procedure alleviates back pain by reestablishing correct disc height and stopping movement.

Every back pain patient’s medical needs are unique. The full scope of compelling benefits offered by the MIS-DTIF procedure is available to patients considering thoracic fusion procedure.

Most notable of these include:

  • Less blood loss than other traditional methods
  • Smaller incision sites
  • Typically, a MIS-DTIF procedure takes less time in the O.R. can promote a quicker recovery.
  • Because the MIS-DTIF procedure is minimally invasive and minimally disruptive compared to other approaches, many patients are able to get up, walk around, and return home within a few hours after surgery.
  • Since the MIS-DTIF procedure is designed to avoid any major muscles and preserve healthy, natural structures the procedure may result in less pain and trauma to the back, promoting faster recovery.
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