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Minimally Invasive Surgery

We are the neurosurgical practice that truly cares for the whole of the patient.

Minimally Invasive Posterior Fusion Spine Surgery

We utilize advanced care and surgical techniques, reducing recovery time and getting people back to their lives as quickly as possible. We have assisted people through many cases, and our expert skills and knowledge provide a range of treatment capabilities to suit the patients’ needs.

Spinal fusion surgery is used to secure two bones together in the spine for people with back pain or spine instability. Traditional spinal fusion surgeries required a large incision, muscle stripping, and lengthy hospital stays. Advancements in spine surgery have provided surgeons with better techniques and tools to perform spinal fusion surgery.

Minimally invasive posterior fusion surgery is easier on patients because it uses small incisions and avoids muscle stripping. It is associated with less pain, reduced bleeding, shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery times. We get people back to their lives. Faster.

Causes & Symptoms

Minimally invasive posterior fusion is performed on the thoracic or lumbar spine of patients with back pain and/or leg symptoms caused by certain spine conditions, including spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease, traumatic injury, compressed spinal nerves, and recurrent disc herniation.

People come to us in various states of pain and injury that are unique to them. If people are suffering from lower back pain, or back pain that spreads to other parts of the body, they may be candidates for minimally invasive posterior fusion. We communicate with patients on their level to inform them about their situation, their treatment options and the risks and benefits.

Treatment & Recovery

Minimally invasive posterior fusion surgery is an inpatient hospital procedure. The surgery approach is from the back, with the person laying face down. The surgeon uses X-ray guidance during the procedure.

First, the surgeon makes two small incisions on the back. Retractors are used to gently spread the muscles to access the spine. The lamina is removed. The surgeon inspects the nerve roots.

Next, the surgeon removes the disc from the spine. A bone graft and structural support cage are placed, followed by rod and screw insertion. The retractors are removed, and the incisions are closed.

Because the incisions are small and the muscles are not stripped with the minimally invasive posterior fusion technique, there is less blood loss, less soft tissue trauma, reduced pain, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery times. Over time, the vertebrae will fuse or grow together, stabilizing the spine. Your surgeon will let you know when you can begin physical therapy.

We consider and are capable of performing all treatment options, from the traditional to the most innovative.

View a brochure to learn more about Dr. Dagam’s Minimally Invasive Surgery

What Next?

“I met Dr. Dagam with back pain with numbness and tingling. One of the things I liked best about him was he did not try to rush me into surgery and recommended less invasive procedures until I was sure I was ready. I would recommend him highly. The surgery was very successful and my symptoms have disappeared. In addition to his skill, he is also a very kind and caring person making me always feel as though I am his #1 priority. I’m grateful to him and his staff for helping me get back to my normal lifestyle.”


We listen and we empathize.

Doreen Lackowski

Practice Manager

I’m Doreen – Practice Manager for Dagam Neurosurgery. I joined Dr Dagam’s team in 2013 with 15 years of medical office experience. My commitment to Dagam Neurosurgery is to make sure all of our patients and their families experience the best care possible. What I love most about my job is getting to know we as a team made a positive difference in someone’s life! In my spare time I enjoy reading, baking, traveling, watching movies, listening to music and spending time with family and friends.

Sonia Moore

Medical Record Specialist

My name is Sonia and I have been the Medical Records Specialist at Dagam Neurosurgery for 5 years. I provide, obtain and prepare records for patient charts, attorneys and other providers involved in the patients care. What I like most about my job is my coworkers. Working well together allows our office to run smoothly and provide the best care possible to our patients, that’s what I’m passionate about. Outside of work, I enjoy cheering on the Brewers, Bucks and the Packers - especially going to the games with my family and friends. As time allows, I also enjoy painting ceramics.

Boe Boedecker

Physician Assistant

I'm Beau Boedecker, Physician Assistant with Dr. Dagam since graduating from Midwestern University in 2010. What I like most about my role is patient care — from their first consultation evaluation to all of their follow-through. This includes being in surgery alongside Dr. Dagam. In my spare time, I enjoy a hodgepodge of astrophysics, baseball, traveling the world with my wife and sipping a good cup of coffee.

Cathy Pabich

Surgical Coordinator

My name is Cathy and for the past 4 years I have been Dr. Dagam’s Surgical Coordinator. I do my best to make the surgery scheduling process as easy as possible for all our patients, every step of the way. What I love most about my job is knowing that the outcome of a patient’s surgery helped improve their quality of life, which makes dealing with insurance companies for procedure authorizations all worth it! In my spare time I enjoy being with my family, shopping and watching the History channel and Food Network.  

Tina Spritka

Lead Medical Receptionist

My name is Tina and I am the Lead Medical Receptionist celebrating 5 years with Dr. Dagam and his team. After many years of experience in a Neurosurgical clinic, what I enjoy most is knowing that I make a difference in the day-to-day routine of our practice from triaging phone calls to scheduling appointments. In my spare time I enjoy being outside gardening and traveling with my husband.