When you elect to have MISS, there are a number of cosmetic, physical and recovery benefits you can expect from this type of procedure, such as:
Unlike standard spinal surgery, MISS uses smaller incisions to access only the problem spots in your spine. Once the incision is made, a small device called a tubular retractor is inserted to gently push aside the muscle and soft tissue around the affected area. Using this tunnel, a surgeon can then work on the spine with the help of real time x-ray images and specialized instruments without causing additional trauma to the surrounding muscles and soft tissue.
Two of the most common minimally invasive spine procedures are minimally invasive lumbar decompression surgery and minimally invasive lumbar spine fusion surgery. According to a study from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), patients who underwent this type of surgery resumed normal activities such as driving or returning to work within weeks, compared to the months that are required to recover from an open surgery. While there was no significant difference between the two minimally invasive procedures in terms of the amount of time it took patients to return to work, those who underwent minimally invasive lumbar decompression surgery were able to drive four days sooner than patients in the minimally invasive lumbar spine fusion group. However, patients in both groups discontinued narcotics for pain management as soon as one week after the minimally invasive spine procedure was performed.
If you experience back pain, it is unlikely that surgery is your only option. However, there are certain conditions where an operation may be necessary if other non-invasive treatment options, like medicine or physical therapy, have not provided adequate back pain relief. While spinal surgery cannot fix all back conditions, you may benefit from MISS if you are experiencing one of the following problems:
Don’t let spinal pain hold you back from living your life. Talk to your doctor to see if minimally invasive spine surgery can help.
Dr. Adam I. Lewis has extensive experience in performing minimally invasive spine surgery:
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