Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is a type of spine surgery that uses smaller incisions than standard surgery, resulting in less harm to nearby muscles and other tissues. This can lead to less pain and faster recovery after surgery. MISS aims to achieve outcomes equivalent to those of open surgery while minimizing muscle dissection, disruption of ligament attachment sites, and collateral damage to soft tissues. As a result, minimally invasive spine surgery aims to reduce trauma to the spine and surrounding tissues during exposure and accomplish the same goals as an open procedure.
Studies have shown that MISS can lead to a faster recovery time and lower risks of adverse events than traditional open back surgery, given the limited soft tissue damage. Additionally, MISS has been shown to decrease surgical site infection rates, with a 7-fold decrease compared to open surgery.
If you’re considering minimally invasive spine surgery, it’s important to discuss the procedure with your doctor and to understand the benefits and risks involved fully. With proper preparation and an experienced surgeon, MISS can be a safe and effective option for treating spine conditions.
J. Patrick Johnson, MD is a renowned neurosurgeon specializing in spinal disorders and has served as the Director of the Institute for Spinal Disorders at Cedars Sinai Medical Center since 2001 and previously as the Director of the UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center from 1993-2001.
Dr. Johnson’s contributions to the field of neurosurgery and spine surgery are highly regarded and minimally invasive spinal surgery is a focus of Dr Johnson’s practice.
This article is offered as informational only and not to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.