What is minimally invasive spine surgery? 2017-02-07T18:43:01+00:00

What Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery – The Future is Now.

Technology is making spinal surgery more effective and less invasive.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Overview

Traditionally, spine surgery was performed using “open surgery” techniques that involved making long incisions to give a surgeon access to the troubled area of the back. Until the early 2000s, this is the way all spine surgeries were done.

Advancements in technology allow today’s surgeons to use specialized instruments to access the spine through small incisions. These technologies and techniques have come to be called minimally invasive spinal surgery.

When using a minimally invasive approach, the typical incision is between 15 and 21mm. In MISS, a dilating portal system is utilized through which the surgical instruments, cameras and implants (if necessary) are inserted. These tools are very small and require very skilled hands. Minimally invasive procedures require either a microscope or endoscope, tubular retractor and advanced intraoperative imaging. MISS surgeons have advanced training in these procedures.

True MISS is usually an outpatient procedure, does not require blood transfusion, and is associated with a short recovery time and less post operative pain.

The scope and complexity of the procedures is evolving at a rapid rate, and competence requires a commitment to staying on top of the latest developments.

the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery


True MISS is usually an outpatient procedure, does not require blood transfusion, and is associated with a short recovery time and less post operative pain.

Why Don’t All Surgeons Use Minimally Invasive Techniques?

Minimally invasive spine surgery is by it’s nature very technical and requires extensive training by both surgeons and the OR staff. A number of surgeons don’t practice it for a variety of different reasons – they didn’t learn it in their residency, lack of proper training, etc. MISS requires a very unique skill set and profound dedication to be done effectively.

Also, the equipment required to do minimally invasive spine surgery safely and effectively is very expensive, and cost prohibitive for some.

As times change and technology advances, older more invasive spinal procedures will soon be a relic of the past. Minimally invasive spinal surgery will soon become the norm just as other procedures such as laproscopic gall bladder surgery have become.

common minimally invasive spine surgeries at northeast Ohio spine center


Learn About Minimally Invasive Surgeries

Endoscopic-Assisted Lumbar Interbody Fusion

During this minimally invasive procedure, the surgeon replaces a damaged disc in the lumbar spine with an expandable implant. The surgeon also implants hardware to stabilize the spine. This procedure relieves nerve root compression, which is a common cause of pain in the back and legs.

Kyphoplasty (Balloon Vertebroplasty)

This minimally-invasive procedure repairs a vertebral compression fracture. It helps restore the spine’s natural shape. Some patients experience rapid pain relief after the procedure.

Minimally-Invasive TLIF (Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion)

This minimally invasive procedure is used to remove a degenerated disc to relieve the compression of nerve roots in the lumbar spine. It is performed through a small incision on the back.

Percutaneous Disc Nucleoplasty

This minimally-invasive procedure uses a small needle and advanced radiofrequency technology to reduce a herniated disc, quickly relieving pain in most patients. The procedure may be performed on an outpatient basis using a gentle, relaxing medicine and local anesthetic.

If you are experiencing back pain or other spinal issues and are in search of relief, contact us today.

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