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bonebacThe physicians at Michigan Head & Spine Institute work to develop best practices and invent new surgical techniques through their experience and research. One of MHSI’s leaders is Mick Perez-Cruet, M.D., M.S.

“My goal is to help patients recover faster using less invasive spinal surgery techniques,” comments Dr. Perez-Cruet. “Through research, we are able to test new procedures for efficacy, recovery time and determine best practices for patients.”

Recently, Dr. Perez-Cruet led a study looking at the quality of life outcomes with minimally invasive lumbar fusion, which involves removing a disc from between two vertebrae and fusing those vertebrae together to relieve pain. The study looked at long-term outcomes in patients who underwent the surgery for debilitating back pain. His research found that patients had significant improvement out to seven years, and had a lower rate of re-operation.

In addition, Dr. Perez-Cruet created the BoneBac press. Introduced in 2010, the process uses a patient’s own bone tissue for fusion and reconstructive surgery. The device is currently being used in 10 hospitals, including William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Read more about Dr. Perez-Cruet’s innovations here

Dr. Perez-Cruet is an internationally-recognized pioneer in the treatment of spinal disorders with the use of minimally-invasive surgical techniques. He has also authored several textbooks on the subject, setting the groundwork for others entering the neurosurgery field.

At MHSI we agree that educating patients about the advances in surgical techniques helps when medical decisions are necessary.  To support patient education, a research section has been added to our website. To read more about the research conducted by the physicians at Michigan Head & Spine Institute, click here.

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