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What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Is It Right for You?

Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) uses small incisions to surgically treat vertebrae and other structures in your spine. This technique avoids damaging muscles and tissues around the incision site. Typically, it results in shorter recovery times and a reduced risk of infections.

At our neurosurgery clinic, we have performed minimally invasive surgery in Jackson, MS for years. Learn more about who benefits most from minimally invasive techniques and some of the devices that have revolutionized spinal surgery in the last few decades.

Who Benefits Most from Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Anyone who qualifies for the surgery can benefit from less invasive techniques. However, several groups can particularly benefit from minimally invasive surgery in Jackson, MS.

Those who benefit the most from minimally invasive surgery include:

  • Patients with sciatica, spinal stenosis, disc herniation, or facet arthroplasty.
  • Those who have unsuccessfully tried nonsurgical solutions.
  • Age, obesity, and lifestyle can also play a role in whether you would benefit from minimally invasive surgery.

What Are the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery?

A minimally invasive approach has tremendous advantages for patients, as follows:

  • Less scarring and trauma, as the surgeon avoids muscles and tissue when making incisions and accessing the surgical site.
  • Fewer complications such as excess blood loss or infections.
  • Shorter recovery time, and many procedures are done on an outpatient basis.
  • You can return to daily activities within days in many cases, compared to weeks or months.

Examples of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Jackson, MS

Back pain comes from a number of sources. Sometimes, your back heals on its own, alleviating pain and discomfort. At other times, nonsurgical treatments can improve your condition and reduce or eliminate back pain. If your back pain becomes chronic or worsens, we might recommend spinal surgery. You may feel concern or fear at the thought of back surgery. However, minimally invasive surgery has dramatically improved outcomes and recovery times.

Common conditions eligible for minimally invasive surgery include the following:

  • Fractured Vertebrae
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spondylosis
  • Herniated Disc
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Infection
  • Tumor Removal

Click here to learn more about what to expect before, during, and after endoscopic spinal surgery.

State-of-the Art Devices

Centinel Spine, LLC produces innovative equipment used in minimally invasive procedures. The company recently announced that their FLX™ 3D-Printed Porous-Titanium Interbody Devices have been used in over 3,500 implantations. These devices mimic real bone and represent years of scientific research.

Our neurosurgeon, Dr. Adam I. Lewis has used the company’s ACTILIF® and STALIF® interbody devices that contain FLX technology. The STALIF FLX can treat severe spinal disorders, and many people have experienced improved mobility and performance. Successful procedures include one performed on Tiger Woods who underwent Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF). After recovering from implantation of the Centinel Spine’s STALIF M-Ti™, Woods returned to the PGA competition and captured his first major win in over a decade at the 83rd Masters.

About Dr. Lewis

Dr. Adam I. Lewis has performed more than 10,000 minimally invasive surgeries in Jackson, MS, and all over the country. A veteran in the field, he performed Mississippi’s first motion-preserving MISS lumbar spine surgery in 2015. Additionally, he’s been performing motion preserving MISS cervical surgeries since 2012. And Dr. Lewis performed the first operation in Mississippi with the SI-Bone iFuse Implant System in August of 2012.

Doctor Lewis teaches courses on minimally invasive spine surgery and motion preservation surgery throughout the United States and Europe.

Would you like to learn more about minimally invasive spine surgery in Jackson, MS? Call us at (601) 366-1011 or schedule an appointment online. We’ll find a solution that works for you.