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Understanding the problem

Failed back surgery refers to patients who have experienced unsuccessful results following spine surgery to treat neck or back pain. The original surgery failed to alleviated the original problem and/or created other, more significant problems, resulting in additional pain.

An estimated 40% of patients who undergo traditional open back surgery experience failed back surgery syndrome. The complexities are so vast, which is why it is imperative to select the right physician with the right surgical techniques.

Signs and Symptoms

Continued or chronic pain

New spinal conditions

Pain above or below the treated level of the spine

Limited mobility

Inability to recuperate

Dull, aching pain in the neck, back or legs

Sharp or stabbing pain in the extremities

Spinal joint immobility




Dependence on prescription drugs

Patients who undergo traditional open back surgery usually develop a condition called failed back surgery syndrome. This is a term used to describe the continuation or worsening of symptoms following open spine surgery and require revision surgery.

Something we pride ourselves on, is our globally unparalleled experience in the field, as we know the intricacies of such procedures and the many benefits of Minimally invasive surgeries.

Our minimally invasive stabilization surgery is performed through a small incision in the back. Through this incision, the surgeon will access the spine without disrupting any of the surrounding muscles and soft tissue. Once the spine is accessed, the diseased disc or vertebrae is removed to free the impacted nerve in the spinal canal that is causing the chronic pain. For patients with failed back surgery syndrome, the surgeon might remove the spinal fusion hardware that did not set properly and is causing your pain. Once the disc, vertebrae or failed fusion hardware is removed, the surgeon will insert an implant into the empty space in the spine to offer immediate stabilization.

AIMIS Spine can perform a variety of cases including:

  • Minimally Invasive Decompression Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Fusion Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Stabilization Surgery Discectomy
  • Stem cell transplantation
  • Micro-Discectomy
  • Discectomy
  • Micro-Discectomy
  • Micro-Decompression
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery
  • Total Disk Replacement (TDR)
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion
  • Decompressor Discectomy
  • Lumbar Disc Microsurgery Treatment
  • Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion (AxiaLIF)

Technologies used

Minimally Invasive Single Position XLIF Surgery

The XLIF (Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion) technique assesses the spine from the side of the body, avoiding retraction of internal organs and major blood vessels. This causes minimal internal disruption and thus results in an easier post-op recovery for the patient. XLIF utilizes the highly integrated MAS© (Maximum Access Surgery) System which provides significant benefits to patients, including reduced surgery time, less blood loss, shorter hospital stays, and significantly faster recovery time.

The XLIF approach does not require back muscle and bone dissection or nerve retraction; it also allows for a more complete disc removal and predictable implant insertion, compared with traditional posterior procedures. XLIF also does not require the delicate abdominal exposure or present the same risk of vascular injury as traditional anterior procedures.

Because the procedure is less disruptive than conventional posterior or anterior surgery, most patients are able to get up and walk around within a day of the surgery.

RISKS of alternative technologies

ALIF: From the front

  • Requires delicate abdominal exposure
  • Same level of risk as traditional anterior procedures for vascular injury

PLIF: From the back

  • Cutting major back muscles to access the spine
  • long hospitalization
  • major blood loss
  • long recovery time

XLIF from the side

  • 38% lower OR Time
  • 73% decrease in Blood Loss
  • 55.6% decrease in Hospital Stay
  • Faster Return to normal activities

Statistics obtained from ALIF vs XLIF of 202 patients (87 ALIF, 115 XLIF)

*Deluzio KJ, Lucio JC, Rodgers WB. SAS Journal 4:37-40, 2010.traditional fusions, XLIF has demonstrated reduced blood loss, less O.R. time, and shorter hospital stay

NeuroVision Intraoperative Monitoring System – NVM5

During spine surgery, it is important to protect the nerves associated with the spinal column. These nerves carry messages to and from the brain, organs, and limbs, aiding them with proper movement and sensation.

The NeuroVision Intraoperative Monitoring System provides real-time, precise, and reliable feedback to ensure nerve and spinal cord safety. By using this unique and advanced technology, the surgeon is provided with intraoperative information about the location and function of the nerves, assisting with safe implant placement and surgical technique during minimally invasive spine procedures.

Benefits of the NVM5:
  • Uniqueness - The only clinically validated neuromonitoring system for lateral spine approaches
  • Discrete Thresholds – NVM5 delivers discrete thresholds, enabling the surgeon to assess proximity to the nerve in the lumbar plexus
  • Directionality – XLIF Dilators’ directionality provides nuanced information via precise vectoring of the stimulation electrode within the lumbosacral plexus.
  • Relative Proximity – Aids the surgeon in assessing how close the XLIF Dilator is to the nerve tissue
  • Real-Time – 5 stimulations per second deliver a discrete, directional and relative proximity data to the surgeon in real-time!
  • Surgeon-Driven – The surgeon controls stimulation from the sterile field – without delay, aiding in efficiency in the O.R.

Our Location

A 5 Star Surgical Holiday Experience

At AIMIS Spine, we strive for medical excellence and life-changing experiences. Apart from the world class medical care though, the vast surgeon knowledge and the VIP services you will be receiving, another reason to consider surgery with us is due to our location, the beautiful island of Cyprus.

Minimally Invasive Surgery


Want to find out more about Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Spinal surgery can change the lives of patients by fixing a deformity, reducing pain, and improving overall quality of life.

No commitment! No cost! Just upload your MRI and let our world class surgeons give you a second opinion.

We will provide:
1. Full Review
2. Diagnosis
3. Any potential surgical options for your condition
4. Price Quotation


You will be appointed a member of the AIMIS Spine team to be your personal “guardian angel”, to guide you throughout the process. Flights, accommodation, transportation, hospital procedures, paperwork, headaches, headaches, headaches… We are here to take care of it all for you, so you can focus on your health and recovery. Some of our patients enjoyed the process so much that they even asked to stay a little longer!

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