Minimal Invasive Spine Surgery

As in various surgical subspecialties using small surgical corridors to approach pathologies, the development of minimally invasive approaches to the spine has revolutionized contemporary spine surgeries. Modern minimally invasive surgery (MIS) techniques allow spine surgeons to achieve the same goals of open surgery while minimize the collateral damage associated with the open approaches. Using MIS techniques, surgeons are able to avoid a long incision and extensive muscle dissection. Reducing tissue injuries can result in decreased blood loss, reduced postoperative pain, shortened hospital stay and expedited recovery. Several laboratory, imaging and biomechanical studies have shown that MIS approaches reduce paraspinal muscle atrophy and allow greater preservation of normal spinal motion.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery vs. Open Spine Surgery

For most of us, the spine is really kind of in the center of the body, so getting there is always an art, to put it mildly. The older techniques, they work great for treating their intended targets, but the problem is, is there's a fair amount of tissue trauma involved with getting there.