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Perez-Cruet MJ, Begun EM, Collins R, Fahim D. Initial Experience with BoneBac Press: a Novel Autologous, Bone Graft Harvesting and Collecting Device. Open Journal of Orthopedics. 09/2013; 3(5): 243-7


Perez-Cruet MJ, Hussain NS, White GZ, Begun EM, Collins RA, Fahim DK, Hiremath GK, Adbi FM, Yacob SA. Quality-of-life outcomes with minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion based on long-term analysis of 304 consecutive patients. Spine. 02/2014; 39(3): E191-8. 24150437


Xi MA, Tong HC, Fahim DK, Perez-Cruet M. Using Provocative Discography and Computed Tomography to Select Patients with Refractory Discogenic Low Back Pain for Lumbar Fusion Surgery. Cureus. 02/2016; 8(2): e514. 27026838


Perez-Cruet MJ, Brougham J, Fahim DK. Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty. Editors: Benzel E and Steinmetz M Benzel's Spine Surgery. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016


Wang AC, Fahim DK. Safety and efficacy of balloon kyphoplasty at 4 or more levels in a single anesthetic session. Journal of neurosurgery: Spine. 04/2018; 28(4): 372-378. 29372861


Rajamand S, Fahim DK. Kyphoplasty. Perez-Cruet MJ An Anatomical Approach to Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. NY: Thieme; 2018


Ramanathan S, Shen N, Fahim DK, Perez-Cruet, MJ. A Novel Minimally Invasive Cost-Effective Surgical Treatment of Lumbar Spondylolisthesis with Associated Spinal Stenosis. [ Submitted ]


Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery is an exciting and growing field and an incredible way to safely and effectively address challenging spine pathology, potentially with less morbidity and complications.  I firmly believe that minimally invasive techniques offer superior outcomes to our patients, and I have advanced this field in my clinical practice and in my research efforts.  Generations of spine surgeons have been taught that it is dangerous to perform a kyphoplasty at more than three levels.  My research on this subject proved the safety of treating more than four levels, giving patients with more levels of disease access to this important treatment.


I am particularly excited about a research study I just completed regarding the dramatically lower long-term reoperation rate after minimally invasive spine surgery compared to traditional open lumber spine surgery for the treatment of multiple common pathologies involving the spine.  I believe this series of over 2,000 patients will help tip the scale towards more widespread of adoption of minimally invasive techniques in spine surgery.


I also currently serve as the Principal Investigator for the FUSE study, a funded, industry-sponsored, FDA IDE study.  This is a randomized controlled trial evaluating the benefit of adding a minimally invasive posterior cervical spine fusion technique in the care of high risk patients who require a three-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF).   Briefly, patients who need a three-level ACDF have a substantial risk of not fully healing their spine fusion after their operation.  This new minimally invasive posterior fusion technique may significantly increase their successful healing (or fusion).