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MicroSpine History

Microspine was created by Dr. Anthony Mork in the year 2000 (long before LSI, Laser Spine Institute) and was located in DeFuniak Springs, Florida.

Microspine was one of the first offices in the world dedicated exclusively to laser spine back surgery and endoscopic spine surgery, which represent the ultimate “minimally invasive spine surgery” for treatment of chronic neck and back pain without the use of a fusion.

The purpose of Microspine was to advance the discipline of minimally invasive spine surgery or endoscopic laser spine surgery in the neck and back, for treatment of soft tissue (herniated discs) and bony problems (stenosis) of the central and foraminal canals of the cervical and lumbar spine.

The emphasis of Microspine was to avoid a fusion and maintain motion, keep the surgical incisions less than one inch, operate through small hollow tubes to minimize soft tissue damage, and perform the surgery as an outpatient. Much of this was accomplished with help from state-of-the-art technology using the holmium laser, high magnification optics and fiber-optic light sources. Thus the term, laser back surgery or laser spine surgery.

Dr. Mork co-authored a dozen papers published in peer-reviewed journals that examined various aspects of minimally invasive spine surgery or endoscopic spine surgery.

The term “minimally invasive spine surgery” was just coming into common use in the early 2000’s, but it was poorly defined, as it is now. It appeared that fusions could be considered “minimally invasive surgery” if the incisions to insert the implants were small enough. No fusions were performed at Microspine.

The Microspine surgery center closed in 2011 due to various issues.

In March 2011, Dr. Mork returned to Southern California, where he lived for 21 years before moving to Florida in 1998. He opened up his office in Newport Beach. His current website is at .

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