Minimally Invasive surgery is an advanced and state-of-the-art procedure that involves the surgeon using endoscopic methods to address a wide range of issues. Minimally invasive spine surgery, also called MISS, is often a safer surgery requiring less recovery time and higher patient satisfaction. MISS surgeries are done as an outpatient procedure and under local anesthesia, with significantly fewer risks for adverse reactions. Minimally invasive spine surgery uses smaller incisions than traditional surgery, which does not cause harm to nearby bones, muscles, and tissues—allowing you to heal quicker.
Many benefits make minimally invasive techniques a must-have for spinal surgery, including:
- Faster recovery time
- Smaller incisions provide for better cosmetic results
- A shorter hospital stay
- Less blood loss from surgery
- A decreased reliance on pain meds post-surgery
- Reduced risk of infection and postoperative pain
- Less cutting of the muscle offers a reduction in potential muscle damage
Almost 90% of back or neck injuries can be addressed using a minimally invasive technique, with higher success rates than their more invasive counterparts. When medication, physical therapy, or spinal injections have not reduced your back pain symptoms, and it has been 3 to 6 months, it may be time to discuss a spinal surgery.
At Spine Clinic of Oklahoma City, our team will guide you through the treatment options available to you to help alleviate your back pain, including minimally invasive spine surgery. Our unique spine clinic is a comprehensive approach to treatment that allows total care of patients from diagnosis including non-surgical options and advanced surgery using the latest technology and techniques.
Dr. Brett Braly is a board-certified fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in spinal surgery. Dr. Braly is a leading advocate for minimally invasive techniques in spine surgery. Dr. Braly is named in the top “20 under 40” best spine surgeons by the North American Spine Society.