Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
One of the things that sets Dr. Eichholz apart is that he is one of the few physicians who is fellowship-trained in minimally invasive and complex spine surgery. His goal is to try to avoid surgery when possible and, when surgery is indicated, to try to do the least invasive surgery that gets the best possible result for that patients’ pathology. He tries to avoid doing fusions, except for pretty strict criteria, and tries to make sure that the patients have the best outcome in terms of relief of their pain without having to go through unnecessary additional levels or unnecessary surgical interventions.
There are papers published about the advantages of minimally invasive procedures, including decreased narcotics, decreased hospital stay, decreased blood loss and most importantly, decreased infection rates. Dr. Eichholz has co-authored a paper that shows our infection rate is significantly lower when using minimally invasive techniques.
Spinal Procedure Considerations
Training and experience matter
Located in St. Louis, MO, in private practice at St. Louis Minimally Invasive Spine Center, Dr. Eichholz is one of the few fellowship-trained minimally invasive spine surgeons in the Midwest.
Dr. Eichholz specializes in minimally invasive treatment of degenerative spine disease, including spinal stenosis, disc herniations, neoplasms, trauma and deformity. He treats lumbar, thoracic and cervical disc herniations, fractures, tumors, meningiomas, neoplasms, stenosis, slip, spondylolisthesis, instability, and fractures. He is one of the few surgeons who treats adult degenerative scoliosis utilizing minimally invasive techniques, and also performs endoscopic spinal surgery. He also is an expert in the surgical treatment of abnormalities of the cranio-vertebral junction.
Dr. Eichholz earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Saint Louis University, and later earned his MD degree with distinction in research at SLU as well. He completed his residency in Neurosurgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He then completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Complex Spinal Surgery at the University of Chicago.
He previously served as Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and then served as Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Director of the Neurosurgery Spine Program at Saint Louis University. He has published extensively on spine disorders, spine biomechanics, and minimally invasive spinal surgery techniques. Dr. Eichholz is one of the few fellowship-trained Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons in the Midwest.
Outside of the hospital, Dr. Eichholz is married to Dr. Amy Eichholz, a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist. They have two children, Eric and Elizabeth. His outside interests include playing guitar, although not as much as he would like, and classic cars.