Minimally invasive spine surgery or MIS allows surgeons to perform many spinal procedures through skin punctures or incisions less than 1-inch long. MIS is performed to treat herniated discs, spinal stenosis, some types of spinal deformity. Many MIS procedures are performed on an outpatient basis.
Instead of long incisions and extensive tissue disruption, MIS uses an endoscope inserted through the incision. An endoscope is a thin telescope-like instrument with a lighted tube and camera attachment. Surgery is performed by passing instruments through the endoscope to the operative field. The light illuminates the field and the camera transmits images to a monitor in the operating room.
Generally, the outcomes of procedures performed minimally invasively mimic outcomes of open spine surgery that requires long incisions and soft tissue retraction. Advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery include:
Our priority is to provide our patients with the best care. Therefore, the minimally invasive spine surgical techniques we perform are those scientifically proven to be safe and most effective to treat your spinal problem. We welcome your questions about minimally invasive spine surgery.