Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Back Surgery Information

The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

A new method of doing back surgeries is making a huge wave of success in the medical field today; it is called minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS). MISS refers to a procedure wherein fewer traumas are caused to the body, especially to the spine.

During the procedure, an endoscope is used. An endoscope is a special exploring device that has a video camera installed on the tip. During the procedure, this device is inserted inside the body through incisions of less than 2 cm. The access points can either be at the spine, chest or abdomen.

Compared to an open or invasive surgery - a procedure that involves large incisions, more anesthesia, large-scale muscle stripping, and longer recovery period, it’s quite obvious that minimally invasive spine surgery is a better alternative.

The following is an enumeration of the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery:

§ Shorter hospital stay - Since there are fewer traumas to the body during MISS, the patient will be able to have a much faster recovery when compared to invasive surgery.
§ Few tiny scars instead of a large one - The skin’s integrity is more intact in a minimally invasive spine surgery as compared to an invasive one because the incisions in a MISS are only about 2 centimeters - the smaller the incision size is, the faster is the recuperation period.
§ Reduced risk for infection - Infection is a very dangerous post-surgical complication because it can really hamper one’s recovery. The risk of having infection escalates when there is a huge break in the skin’s integrity. Since in a MISS there are only small incisions made, there is less risk for infection.
§ Shorter recovery period - The general rehabilitation period of a patient is shortened when they go through a minimally invasive spine surgery because there are fewer traumas to the normal function of the body made during the procedure.
§ Less blood loss during surgery - Less blood loss provides the body a better opportunity to heal faster because one’s cardiovascular system was only minimally disrupted.
§ Reduced postoperative pain. Smaller incisions equate to less pain. § Cost-efficient - Although the procedure itself is expensive, if a patient weighs the total cost of the surgery, he or she can save a lot on hospital bills, medications and rehabilitation fees.

MISS is most suitable for spinal conditions like scoliosis, spinal column tumor, fractures, herniated discs, degenerative discs, and infection. Although not all patients are good candidates of minimally invasive spine surgery, since there are qualifications to consider, MISS is the procedure of choice by most surgeons. A good number of medical professionals trust this procedure because it not only gives treatment to a particular spinal condition but it also speeds up the patient’s recovery, causes minimal trauma, and promotes a successful operation overall.