Minimally invasive spine surgery—often abbreviated as MISS—uses advanced technology and innovative techniques to treat back pain and neck pain caused by a variety of spinal disorders.
Minimally invasive spine surgery aims to return patients to normal activities of daily living earlier with less surgical pain and discomfort. These surgeries are performed through small incisions to reduce tissue trauma. Specialized instruments and computer-assisted technology help to ensure safe and effective treatment.
A variety of spinal conditions can be treated with minimally invasive surgery including:
- Back pain with or without leg pain
- Neck pain with or without arm pain
- Herniated discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spine fractures
- Smaller incisions
- Less tissue damage
- Reduced post-operative pain
- A faster recovery
- Reduced blood loss
- Less scarring
Keep in mind, though, that surgery should be a last resort for treating your pain caused by a spine condition.
If you've tried non-surgical treatments, such as pain medications, rest, and physical therapy, in the last 6 to 12 months and they're not working for you, then you may want to consider spine surgery, and minimally invasive spine surgery may be an option for you.