Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery


Kamal R. Woods, MD, MBA, FAANS

Neurosurgeon located in Miamisburg, OH

Although most spinal problems are treated with conservative methods, certain cases require surgery to effectively address your symptoms. At Vertrae® in Dayton, Ohio, Kamal Woods, MD, MBA, FAANS, treats a wide range of spinal problems with minimally invasive spinal surgery. Dr. Woods uses the latest and most innovative technologies and surgical techniques to ensure optimal outcomes for each patient. To find out if minimally invasive spinal surgery is right for you, call or book online today.

Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery Q & A

Who needs minimally invasive spinal surgery?

Problems with your spine can have a major impact on your daily activities and overall quality of life. If conservative treatments have failed to improve your condition, minimally invasive surgery might be the right choice for you. 

At Vertrae®, Dr. Woods uses minimally invasive surgery to treat a number of conditions, including:

  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal deformities
  • Fractures
  • Degenerative disc disease

Minimally invasive spine surgery can help relieve your pain and restore your physical abilities without the risks of traditional surgery. 

What are examples of minimally invasive spinal surgery?

Dr. Woods performs minimally invasive spinal surgery using small incisions and specialized tools that allow him to easily access damaged or problematic areas of your spine. He uses minimally invasive techniques to perform several procedures, including:


A laminectomy addresses vertebral problems such as a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or a tumor. During a laminectomy, Dr. Woods removes a portion of one or more vertebrae to relieve pain, eliminate pressure on your nerves, and restore your physical functions. 


If you suffer from a herniated disc, the damaged disc can compress your nerves and lead to pain, numbness, and weakness. A microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that Dr. Woods performs to trim or remove your herniated disc. 

Lumbar fusion

During lumbar fusion, Dr. Woods uses a bone graft to fuse two adjacent vertebrae in your spine. Lumbar fusion can treat conditions like degenerative disc disease and disc herniation. The goal of lumbar fusion is to improve the stability of the lower spine. 

Dr. Woods also offers ultrasonic spinal surgery, a cutting-edge technique that uses ultrasound technology to remove damaged tissue and bone. 

What are the benefits of minimally invasive spinal surgery?

Because minimally invasive surgery requires smaller incisions and causes less trauma than traditional surgery, it requires less downtime, allowing you to recover quicker. Minimally invasive spine surgery also comes with a lowered risk of complications. 

Dr. Woods is internationally renowned for his expertise in minimally invasive spinal surgery and even instructs other surgeons on the latest technologies and surgical techniques. He takes a personalized approach to care, ensuring the best possible outcome for each of his patients. 

To speak with Dr. Woods about your treatment options, call the Vertrae® office nearest you or book your appointment online today.