Treatments

Minimally Invasive
Spinal Surgery

Image: Illustration (from BNI Quarterly) of an endoscopic view in the thoracic cavity

Minimally invasive spinal surgery is a focus of Dr Johnson’s practice, and he has pioneered several key procedures and has been a leader in perfecting less invasive disc surgery where these procedures are often done in an out-patient and “same-day-surgery“ setting or short hospital stay through the use of small incisions, microsurgery and nearly bloodless surgery in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. Dr Johnson has also been an innovator in developing minimally invasive endoscopic thoracic spinal surgery that previously required a thoracotomy and large incisions to open the chest cavity and resulted in significant pain and morbidity from the incisions alone. He has also combined these procedures with pioneering computerized image guided surgical procedures to create the most precision surgery available for these complex procedures.



Image: Dr. Johnson doing microsurgery

Publications:
Oskouian RJ, Johnson JP: Endoscopic thoracic microdiscectomy. Neurosurg Focus 18(3):E11, 1-8, March 2005.

Oskouian RJ, Johnson JP, Regan JR: Thoracoscopic Microdiscectomy. Neurosurgery 50(1):103-109, Jan 2002.

Johnson JP, Filler AG, McBride DQ: Endoscopic thoracic discectomy.  Neurosurgical Focus 9 (4): Article 11, October 2000.

Johnson JP, and Becker DP: A continuous microneurosurgical irrigation and suction system. Neurosurgery 39(3):409-411, 1996.

Textbook:
Yue J, Guyer D, Johnson JP, Khoo LT, Hochschuler ST: The Comprehensive Treatment of the Aging Spine Minimally Invasive and Advanced Techniques.  Elsevier Publishing Philadelphia, PA  2010.