Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

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Meet Our Surgeons

Ashraf H. Darwish, M.D.

"My mission is to provide individualized care for each patient. The cornerstone of this philosophy is to utilize surgery as the last option; I often recommend nonsurgical solutions for the relief of neck and back pain including diagnostic procedures, pain management, and physical therapy. For proper surgical candidates I bring extensive training in procedures including minimally invasive surgery, decompression, and fusion."



Fellowship, Spine Surgery, The Texas Back Institute, Dallas, TX

Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Internship, Orthopaedic Surgery, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

M.D., Southern Illinois University, Springfield, IL

J.D., Southern Illinois University Law School, Carbondale, IL


Professional Affiliations

Board Certifications

Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Medical Association Physician Member

American College of Legal Medicine Member

North American Spine Society

Faris F. Abusharif, M.D.

Dr. Faris Abusharif Headshot

"I sincerely believe no one should have to live with pain. My goal with each patient is to outline a personalized plan of care that we both agree on and to work diligently to control this pain rather than have it control you."



Fellowship, Interventional Pain Management, University of Illinois, Chicago IL

Residency, Anesthesiology, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

Residency, General Surgery, St. Joseph Hospital, Chicago, IL

M.D., Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL


Professional Affiliations

Board Certification

Pain Management

Professional Memberships

American Medical Association

Illinois State Medical Society

Chicago Medical Society

American Society of Anesthesiologists

American Academy of Pain Medicine

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management

Sean S. Salehi, M.D.

 "As an early adopter of minimally invasive techniques, I have over 14 years of experience with complicated spine surgeries. By employing small incisions, I focus on reducing post-op pain and shortening the rehabilitation period."



Fellowship, Complex Spine Reconstruction, Northwestern University, Chicago IL

Residency, Neurosurgery, Northwestern University, Chicago IL

M.D., Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia PA


Professional Affiliations

Board Certification

Neurological Surgery

Professional Memberships

American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Congress of Neurosurgeons

Cary R. Templin, M.D.

"My team and I pride ourselves in spending time with our patients to make sure they are well informed about their diagnosis and treatment plan. My goal is to identify your pain source first, and then to begin treatment with my expertise in procedures including spinal decompression and fusion, microsurgery, and artificial disk replacement."


Fellowship, Spine Surgery, University of California, San Diego CA

Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

M.D., University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati OH


Professional Affiliations

Board Certification

Orthopedic Surgery

Spinal Surgery

Certified Independent Medical Examiner

Professional Memberships

Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

North American Spine Society

American Medical Association

American Orthopedic Association

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons


If you are planning on having outpatient spine surgery and have a surgeon in mind, ask us about having your surgeon operate at Preferred Surgicenter. Having your procedure at an ambulatory surgery center instead of at a hospital means shorter procedure times, lower costs, and several other benefits. To learn more about why you should choose Preferred Surgicenter for your spine surgery, click here.

Why Preferred For Your Spine Surgery?

At Preferred Surgicenter we believe in minimalist interventions and fast recovery. We stay up to date with the latest procedures and equipment, including Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.

Minimally invasive surgeries are the same procedures that you normally receive, however the surgeon uses specialized equipment such as an endoscope or a microscope to operate through a few small incisions. This means less scarring and a faster recovery for you.

In the hands of our capable surgeons, you'll have all the benefits of traditional spine surgery, without many of the downsides. To find out if you're a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery, click here.

Minimally invasive procedures have many benefits relative to traditional open surgery, including all of the below:


Reduced Chance of Infection During and After the Surgery

Less Pain Medication During and After the Surgery

Faster Recovery Time and Less Scarring After the Surgery

Less Blood Loss and Muscle Damage During Surgery

All the Benefits of Outpatient Surgery, including same-day discharge

Conditions and Candidacy

Below is a list of conditions that we would treat with minimally invasive spine surgery. For some conditions, such as a herniated disk, you may choose not to have surgery because you don't experience any symptoms. 

Spinal Stenosis

Foraminal Stenosis

Herniated Disks


Spinal Arthritis

Pinched Nerves



Bone Spurs

Facet Disease

Annular Tear


Minimally invasive spine surgery is less risky and yields a quicker recovery than open surgery. Strong candidates have usually been diagnosed with one of the above conditions and have not experienced improvement after trying more conservative treatments including stretching/physical therapy, chiropractic care, or pain medication for at least six weeks. If pain is interfering with your daily life, take a look at our minimally invasive procedures below or call us now and schedule a consultation. A consultation is not a commitment to surgery, but a commitment to getting the right information and making the best decision you can.


Minimally invasive spine surgery is a general term that encompasses all the below procedures.


Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion


Decompression with Interlaminar Stabilization


Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Facet Thermal Ablation

Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Cervical Disc Replacement



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