Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, or MISS, represents the latest developments in the world of spine surgery. Because of its minimally invasive nature, MISS allows for speedier recovery times, less risk of infection, less blood loss in surgery, less postoperative pain, a quicker recovery, and fewer days in the hospital. Dr. Brett Braly is an advocate for the benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.
There are a myriad of minimally invasive spine surgeries to treat many different spinal ailments. These new methods were developed specifically to lower the risks associated with surgery so that outcomes could improve.
What Does MISS Entail?
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery uses multiple small incisions to insert several retractors to hold the tissues aside and provide access to the spine. Then, an endoscope is inserted allowing the surgeon to see the field on a monitor. The surgeon will then use a variety of specialized surgical tools to perform surgery without the elevated risk associated with open surgical methods.
The main purpose of MISS is to reduce the chances of complications from surgery. Studies of minimally invasive techniques show that patients suffer less blood loss, lest post-op pain, and recover quicker, spending fewer days in the hospital.
What Are the Risks of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
While minimally invasive surgeries are less risky than traditional, open surgical methods, no surgery is without risks. The main risks of minimally invasive spine surgery are: infection, bleeding, nerve injury, and spinal fluid leaks. Some of these risks may be mitigated through proper pre- and postoperative care.