Minimally-invasive Ultrasonic Spine Surgery is setting new standards in neck and back surgery, with patients reporting smaller incisions, less post-surgical pain, fewer implants and fusions, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery. Dr. Cantor at the Cantor Spine Institute has pioneered this new innovation in spine surgery using a state-of-the-art tool called the BoneScalpel. Here he explains why the BoneScalpel is redefining minimally invasive and is a game-changer in spinal surgery.
“My practice focuses on function and motion sparing minimally-invasive spine surgeries and this tool has facilitated advances previously not possible or safe. After more than 20 years of clinical practice, this technology has enabled me to design new surgical techniques that are much less invasive than traditional surgery and more effective than laser spine surgery. The ultrasonic BoneScalpel enables me to isolate, and essentially dissolve, nerve-compressing lesions. A precision sculpting tool that allows safe bone cutting in a tiny space, this instrument allows access to work inside the spinal canal with less compromise of native anatomy. At the Cantor Spine Institute, traditional tools have become an adjunct to the BoneScalpel.
There is a necessary learning curve when using this tool for these more delicate applications. I have invested many thousands of hours working in my Innovation Lab at the Cantor Spine Institute to perfect the required techniques. It has been time well-spent, because it has revolutionized the way I do spine surgery and led to better results for my patients: safe access through a smaller incision with equal or better decompression, less post-operative pain, shorter hospital stay, less blood loss, less blood transfusions, fewer dural tears, shorter recovery, preservation of spinal anatomy and structure resulting in fewer fusions, fewer implants, and more cost effective care.”