Minimally invasive spine surgery uses special devices and techniques to avoid cutting muscle tissue, resulting in a quicker recovery.
Sometimes, surgery is recommended to treat a problem with the spine. A
range of surgical options are available, depending on the patient's
specific case. In some cases, patients are candidates for
minimally-invasive spine surgery, or MISS.
Minimally-invasive surgery is different from "routine" surgery in several
Recovery Can Be Prolonged as Muscle and Tissue Heal
In most types of routine surgery, body structures must be cut and moved in
order for the surgeon to see and fix the area causing the problem.
This is the main reason that recovery from major surgery can be prolonged.
The body needs time to heal not only the area that was fixed, but also the
surrounding muscles and tissues that were cut during the course of the
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Quicker Recovery as Less Muscle and Tissue are Cut
Minimally invasive spine surgery is just what its name implies — surgery
designed to disrupt the body structures as little as possible.
Devices called tubular retractors may be used as a way to hold the back
muscles out of the surgeon's way, avoiding the need to cut them. This alone
can reduce recovery time by half for some procedures.
Ask your doctor for more information about minimally-invasive spine
surgery, and whether this option makes sense for you.