Published online Mar 18, 2015. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v6.i2.190
Peer-review started: May 29, 2014
First decision: June 18, 2014
Revised: October 4, 2014
Accepted: October 14, 2014
Article in press: October 16, 2014
Published online: March 18, 2015
Core tip: Minimally invasive lumbar microdiscectomy, decompression and short segment fixation result in clinical outcomes similar to traditional open surgery while decreasing the amount of blood loss, local tissue trauma, and length of hospitalization. Overall, there are few studies focusing on the economic impact of minimally invasive lumbar spine surgery. There is some evidence that minimally invasive short segment arthrodesis procedures are associated with higher cost effectiveness in acute perioperative period compared to traditional open surgery. Early results of minimally invasive surgical techniques for deformity correction appear promising, however, future studies need to address durability and cost effectiveness of these procedures.