Endoscopic Spine Surgery

What is minimally invasive spine surgery?

Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is often referred to as less invasive spine surgery.  In these procedures, physicians use specialized instruments to access the spine through small incisions, thus avoiding damage to the muscles surrounding the spine.  Often, minimally invasive surgery results in less pain after surgery and a faster recovery. 

There are numerous minimally invasive spine techniques for common procedures like lumbar discectomy, decompression and spinal fusion. In these types of procedures, the surgeon uses a tube-like tool called a tubular retractor that creates a tunnel to the area of the spine.  It pushes aside the muscle and tissue around the area.  The surgeon then can put small tools through the tunnel to work on the spine. 

Who is a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery?

Your physician will determine if you are a candidate for spine surgery.  Often, if you have exhausted all other non-surgical treatments, surgery may be an option.  Surgery may be an option for conditions such as:

·        Degenerative disc disease
·        Herniated disc
·        Lumbar spinal stenosis
·         Spinal deformities such as scoliosis
·         Spinal infections
·         Spinal instability
·         Spinal tumors
·         Vertebral compression fractures

What are the risks of minimally invasive spine surgery?

Every surgery has risks. The risks of minimally invasive spine surgery may include:

·         Pain
·         Infection 
·         Excess bleeding
·        Blood clots 


Your own risks may vary according to your age, your general health, and the type of surgery you have. help lower your risks. Talk to your physician about the risks that most apply to you.