MISS (minimally invasive spine surgery) is a type of spine surgery that involves just minor incisions. Smaller incisions are used in this sort of surgery than in traditional surgery. This usually results in less damage to adjacent muscles and tissues. It may result in reduced discomfort and a quicker recovery time following surgery.
Open surgery is the most common type of spine surgery. A large incision is made down the back for this procedure. It would be necessary to move the muscles and soft tissue surrounding the spine. Tissue may need to be removed in some circumstances.
The healthcare provider creates a smaller incision during MISS. After that, he or she will implant a tubular retractoror or endoscope. This is a tube-shaped, rigid instrument. It forms a tunnel to the spine’s problematic location. It softly pushes the muscle and soft tissue in the surrounding area aside. The surgeon can then use small tools to work on the spine through the tunnel. A special operating microscope is also used by the surgeon, who may see real-time X-ray images of the spine.
MISS can be used by surgeons for certain types of spine surgery. Lumbar discectomy, laminectomy, and spinal fusion are some of the procedures available.
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What are the chances that I’ll need minimally invasive spine surgery?
Most patients with back discomfort do not require surgery. If you have a back problem that hasn’t improved with conventional treatments, such as medicine or physical therapy, your healthcare physician may recommend spine surgery. If you’re still in a lot of pain, spine surgery can be the answer. However, spine surgery isn’t a panacea for all back ailments. Your doctor will only recommend spine surgery if you have an issue that surgery can help with. This can include things like: