Spine Surgery

Mount Sinai is a national leader in minimally invasive spinal surgery and has often been the first hospital in the region to offer many state-of-the-art procedures because of the expertise and dedication of its orthopaedic spinal surgeons. These surgeons are among the most experienced in the nation.

Surgeries that only a few years ago required a week’s stay in the hospital, a 12-inch incision and six months of recuperation, are now performed through a one-inch incision with patients leaving the hospital after two days and going back to work after two weeks. These remarkable advances in the field of spinal surgery are thanks in part to Mount Sinai’s doctors who have helped to develop some of the most innovative minimally invasive techniques.

A few of the minimally invasive spinal surgery techniques performed at Mount Sinai include:

XLIF (Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion)

Allows the surgeon to go in laterally to reach the affected area of the spine instead of going in through the abdomen or back muscle. A Mount Sinai physician helped develop this procedure in June of 2004 and Mount Sinai was the first hospital in the Southeast and one of the first in the nation to offer this procedure.


Anterior fusion of bottom L5/S1disk through a small incision without disrupting nerves in the back. A Mount Sinai surgeon was the first in the Southeast to offer this procedure in the spring of 2005. The first combined L4/5 and L5/S1 procedure in the Unites States was featured in a live webcast spotlighting a Mount Sinai surgeon.


Cements spinal compression fractures, which are usually due to osteoporosis of the spine. A Mount Sinai surgeon has performed more of these procedures than any other surgeon in the state.

TLIF (Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion)

A procedure in which the removal of the posterior arch of a vertebra is combined with spinal fusion by placing a cage within the intervertebral disc space.

Lateral Lumbar Disc Replacement Trial

The XLIF approach allows for an artificial lumbar disc replacement which is currently under FDA investigational trial. Mount Sinai is the only site in South Florida where this replacement is available.