What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS)?
Minimally invasive spine surgery allows surgeons to effectively treat spinal disorders with minimal disruption to the spinal musculature hopefully allowing for more rapid recovery and return to function.
How is it different than traditional surgery?
A traditional surgical approach involves dissecting the muscles off the bone often creating perioperative pain and a delay in return to full activity. A minimally invasive approach involves dissecting between muscle bellies and inserting small tubes and dilators to gain access to the spinal structures. Surgeons can then perform work on the bone, discs and nerve roots through the small tubes and small incisions. The goals of surgery remain the same, however the approach to the spine is altered.
What advantages does Minimally Invasive spine surgery offer?
Minimally invasive techniques offer several advantages including decreased surgical blood loss, decreased use of postoperative pain medications, decreased length of hospital stay, and an increased speed of return to daily activities and work.
Does Connecticut Neck & Back perform minimally invasive spine surgery?
This is an expanding field of lumbar spine surgery, which will clearly grow year by year. Some surgical procedures clearly cannot be performed via a minimally invasive technique while others can be performed equally as effectively in a minimally invasive or a traditional open manner. Often times, this is the preference of specific spinal surgeons. Our surgeons have been trained and perform all the latest minimally invasive techniques.