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Benefits and Testimonials

MIS Benefits and Testimonials

Compared to traditional open spine surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery utilizes the knowledge of important anatomy, along with cutting-edge technology, to treat your spinal condition without causing undue injury to the surrounding soft tissues. Computer-assisted technology (such as computer navigation and nerve monitoring) and highly specialized tools and instrumentation provide for the safe and effective treatment of your pain.

Advantages of MIS include:

  • Less post-operative pain
  • Quicker recovery
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Less soft tissue damage
  • Smaller surgical incisions
  • Less scarring
  • Improved function

Sharon Moore

not giving in to pain is POWER

So is knowing that UCSD Medical Center offers more breakthrough surgical options for treating chronic back pain than anyone in San Diego.

Click the play button below to hear Sharon Moore describe her experience with minimally invasive spine surgery at UCSD Medical Center.

Due to a collapsed disc in her lower back, Sharon Moore suffered through four years of chronic pain. At times, she had to crawl on the floor to get from her bed to the bathroom. Despite the pain, Sharon held out for a treatment option that would let her continue her active lifestyle — especially surfing.

Enter Dr. Kim at UCSD Medical Center. His seminar on minimally invasive spine surgery gave Sharon hope. With help from a computer to precisely map out her back, Dr. Kim was able to put implants in her back without damaging her nerves or spinal cord. A month later, Sharon was walking on the beach without pain and looking forward to surfing — in short, experiencing the power of academic medicine.