View Full Version : Minimally Invasive Technique

01-31-2007, 03:40 PM
Hi Everyone,

I've briefly read about this minimally invasive technique - where they deflate one lung and enter through "holes" in your side, instead of the traditional posterior approach. Has anyone had this done? I am going to ask the doctor this week about this, as I know he performs these procedures. I'm just not sure how effective it is, and what classifies someone to have this done instead of the traditional procedures?


01-31-2007, 03:43 PM
I just realized there is another post recently on this... but has anyone had this done? Or is this very new?


01-31-2007, 03:48 PM

Different Surgical Route Offers Less Scarring and Quicker Recovery

minimally invasive surgery for scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine, is now being performed at Lenox Hill Hospital. The procedure, which has evolved over the past five years, is performed endoscopically, through one-inch incisions, using video cameras and monitors.

Baron Lonner, MD, an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, is one of only a few doctors in the country to perform this minimally invasive procedure. Rather than making a long incision along a patient's back, Dr. Lonner enters the patient's chest through several small incisions beneath the arm. "Working on the front of the spine allows more maneuverability and allows a better correction than a surgery done through the back," Dr. Lonner says. "It also produces cosmetically better results, less scarring, and a shorter recovery period. Patients also require less pain medication following surgery and are mobile.

I coppied this from the hospitals web site

we are thinking of this surgery for our daughte

02-02-2007, 09:01 PM
Hi Vinnie. I would strongly advise you read a post by.... joeb-z..... under the heading of " going in for surgery- new method."

This is just my advice here, but if I were you I would get another opinion or two. Your decision though.