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Houston Back Pain

Minimize Your Pain
Maximize Your Life

Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Institute
University Spine and Neurosurgery

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Restoring Mobility

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At The Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Institute, our goal is to help restore mobility by accurately diagnosing and treating back and neck pain through proven minimally invasive techniques by our renowned surgeon.

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Recapturing Memories

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At MIBSI, our goal is to help maximizing your life by minimizing your pain, so that you can get back to making memories with those you love most. Let us help you get back on the right track.

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Regaining Confidence

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Severe and chronic back and neck pain can hinder your ability to perform even the most basic tasks. At MIBSI, our trained and experienced team of physicians and staff are committed to helping you regain your confidence.

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For in-person visits, all our patients are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing

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THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING MIBSI

At the Minimally Invasive Brain and Spin Institute (MIBSI), we understand the process of choosing a provider is stressful, especially if you are considering surgical treatment for your pain. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you compassionate care so you can achieve the best possible outcome.

Common Conditions

CONDITIONS

Whether it's pain in your neck or tingling in your toes, our welcoming staff is accustomed to working with a diverse array of patients. We'll work with you to diagnose the problem and reach a plan of treatment.

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PROVIDERS

Our award-winning, fellowship-trained specialists pride themselves on delivering the highest quality of care suited to the needs of each patient.
 
 

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SUPPORT

From your first visit until your last follow up months after surgery, MIBSI is with you all the way. If at any point you have questions or need assistance, contact our office and we'll reply promptly.

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FREE MRI/CT SCAN REVIEW

MEET OUR DOCTOR

Dr. Y. Michael Li, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Y. Michael Li, M.D. Ph.D.

NEUROSURGEON

Dr. Yan Michael Li is an award-winning fellowship-trained neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of complex spine diseases and brain & spine tumors.

Who is Dr. Yan Michael Li?
  • Director and Clinical Assistant Professor Minimally invasive spine and brain Institute University Spine and Neurosurgery
  • Award Winning Fellowship Trained Spine and Tumor Neurosurgeon

TREATMENTS

MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SURGERY

Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is a class of surgery that uses advanced technology to treat spine-related neck and back pain while minimizing injury to the patient.

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MICRODISCECTOMY

A microdiscectomy, or simply discectomy, is a surgical procedure to treat a herniated disc. It is similar to ACDF, but is usually performed to treat sciatica (radiating leg pain) and sometimes lower back pain.

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ACDF

ACDF stands for Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion. It is a surgical approach from the front of the neck to remove a slipped or ruptured disc, thus decompressing the spinal cord and nerves, followed by a fusion of the vertebrae to prevent future problems at that level.

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POSTERIOR SPINAL FUSION

Posterior spinal fusion surgery can be used to treat neck pain (Posterior Cervical Fusion, PCF) or lower back pain (Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion, PLIF). Like the newer TLIF technique, PLIF is designed to treat the pain caused by the movement of the spinal vertebrae.

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TLIF

TLIF stands for Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion. This fusion surgery treats conditions affecting the lumbar spine. It is done when the vertebral bodies of the spine are out of alignment, either from a fracture, injury, or degeneration.

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ALIF

ALIF stands for Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion. This fusion surgery treats conditions affecting the lumbar spine. It is designed to treat lower back pain caused by the movement of the spinal vertebrae.

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LAMINECTOMY

A laminectomy is a procedure to remove the lamina, or the backmost parts of the vertebrae, to relieve pressure on the spinal canal and decompress the nerves.

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CORPECTOMY

A corpectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a damaged vertebra from your spine to alleviate pressure on your spinal cord or nerves. It is very similar to a discectomy, but used in cases when the damage is more severe.

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KYPHOPLASTY

Balloon kyphoplasty, or simply kyphoplasty, is a minimally invasive technique used to treat vertebrae that have lost their shape or stability and are creating pressure on the nerves. Kyphoplasty is done to repair fractures in the vertebrae, usually in patients with osteoporosis or following an injury.

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SPINAL STIMULATORS

A spinal cord stimulator is an electrical device surgically placed beneath the skin that is controlled by the patient via a remote. A stimulator can relieve pain, and may be used in conjunction with medication or individually.

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STEREOTACTIC RADIOSURGERY

Stereotactic radiosurgery differs from “traditional” surgery in that there is no incision made in the patient. Instead, the patient is first securely fastened (“stereotactic”) using straps or a cage.

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INSURANCE INFORMATION

At Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Institute (MIBSI), we accept all major medical insurance plans. Please contact our office to confirm and to schedule an appointment.

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TESTIMONIALS

From conservative pain management to complex surgeries, see what our patients had to say about their results.

“It was good to be treated with PROFESSIONALISM and CARE. I say that DOCTOR LI and his staff, gave me this best care I needed. DOCTOR LI and his team took the time to explain every step of the procedure, and even took the time to call the following day to find out how I was feeling.”

“Dr. Li, There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to you and your team. I am so thankful for the work you do and the part you played in prolonging my husband, Derek’s life. We don’t know how long he has, but you have given him the gift of time. Time spent with me, his wife, and also with our three young children. I will forever be eternally grateful to you.”

"This being my 6th back surgery, left me very hesitant to go in for another one. His confidence in being able to help me, led me to having it performed. I am on my way to feeling like my old self again, after not being able to walk up a flight of stairs before the surgery. I highly recommend Dr Li."