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World J Clin Cases. Jan 16, 2015; 3(1): 1-9
Published online Jan 16, 2015. doi: 10.12998/wjcc.v3.i1.1
Minimally invasive procedures on the lumbar spine
Branko Skovrlj, Jeffrey Gilligan, Holt S Cutler, Sheeraz A Qureshi
Branko Skovrlj, Department of Neurosurgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY 10029, United States
Jeffrey Gilligan, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY 10461, United States
Holt S Cutler, Sheeraz A Qureshi, Department of Orthopaedics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY 10029, United States
Author contributions: Skovrlj B, Gilligan J, Cutler HS and Qureshi SA contributed equally towards data collection, literature review, composition of manuscript, final drafting and editing; all authors approve to the submission.
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Correspondence to: Sheeraz A Qureshi, MD, MBA, Department of Orthopaedics, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 5 East 98th Street, Box 1188, New York, NY 10029, United States.
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Received: July 28, 2014
Peer-review started: July 29, 2014
First decision: September 16, 2014
Revised: October 29, 2014
Accepted: October 31, 2014
Article in press: December 23, 2014
Published online: January 16, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: Degenerative disease of the lumbar spine is a common and increasingly prevalent condition that is often implicated as the primary reason for chronic low back pain and the leading cause of disability in the western world. Compared to the traditional open spine surgery, minimally invasive techniques require smaller incisions and decrease approach-related morbidity. The benefits of minimally invasive surgery over traditional open surgery include reduced blood loss, decreased postoperative pain and narcotics use, shorter hospital length of stay, faster recovery and quicker return to work and normal activity.