The Micro-Invasive Surgery Difference
The Micro-Invasive procedure was pioneered to treat a wide variety of back, neck and spine issues. The technique makes use of the smallest incision of any similar technique of its kind and results in far less trauma, pain and bleeding, in addition to a much shorter recovery time.
What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
Since the first MISS procedure was performed more than 30 years ago, the field has seen tremendous advancement. New technology enables The Spine & Orthopedic Institute’s team of back, neck and spine surgeons to treat an evolving array of spinal disorders, such as degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, fractures, tumors, infections, instability and deformity.
Minimally invasive spine surgery was developed to treat spinal disorders with less trauma to surrounding tissue and muscles. The result for the patient is quicker recovery, decreased blood loss and faster pain relief, which leads to an overall better quality of life.
Generally, MISS utilizes a tiny endoscope with a camera on the end, which is inserted through a small incision in the skin. The camera provides surgeons with an inside view, enabling surgical access to the affected area of the spine.
A fluoroscope is an imaging device used by the surgeon to view internal body structure on a screen, during surgery. The surgeon uses specially designed equipment to move tissue and muscles away from the spine, enabling the surgeon to access the affected area. Because muscles are only moved, not cut, trauma to the area surrounding the damaged segment of the spine is reduced.
Less trauma means less pain.
The Spine & Orthopedic Institute Approach
Our team of back, neck and spine specialists will carefully evaluate your health issue to determine if minimally invasive spine surgery is right for you. We always pursue a conservative treatment plan before recommending surgery, but when conservative treatment approaches fail, we find the best avenue to help reduce your pain and get you back to a normal quality of life.
Depending on your diagnosis, your surgical treatment may involve one of three techniques:
- Mini-open: similar to a traditional open procedure but performed through a much smaller incision
- Tubular: makes use of a tubular retractor that goes between the muscle fibers and acts as a tunnel to provide the surgeon access to your spine by passing through your back muscles without cutting the muscle or damaging any soft tissue fibers.
- Endoscopic: commonly referred to a “keyhole surgery,” endoscopy makes use of a tiny video camera, smaller than a dime, through an incision that can be as little as two millimeters, to provide surgeons with internal view of the body.