Dr. Sean Keem
September 6, 2018 | by The Polyclinic

Dr. Sean Keem, Polyclinic spine surgeon, was recently featured on KOMO radio’s Health Talk to discuss the techniques, advantages, and healing process of minimally invasive spine surgery.

Listen to Dr. Sean Keem discuss minimally invasive spine surgery on IRG Health Talk.

“Utilizing a special technique and creating minimum tissue disruption in the surrounding tissue is what it’s all about.” says Keem. “There is a wide variety of tools that can be used, such as retractors and tubing systems, and surgeons may choose to go with a posterior, anterior or lateral approach, but the goal is always causing the least amount of trauma around the spine.”

Keem explains the minimally invasive approach is done through a much smaller incision and involves little to no cutting of the muscles, which means a much faster, less painful recovery. “A lot of my patients, if it’s just a single area problem, go home the next day, and even for a scoliosis correction people usually go home within three to four days,” he says.

Listen to the full interview to learn more.