Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is a surgery of spine using smaller incisions causing less harm to muscles and tissues and is a less painful procedure while giving faster recovery. The surgeon while performing the surgery uses a operating microscope while viewing real-time X-ray images of the spine. Surgeons can use MISS only for some types of spine surgery. These include laminectomy, lumbar discectomy, and spinal fusion. Spinal surgery is advised only in conditions such as- Fractured vertebra, Herniated disc, Infection in the spine, Spinal deformities, Spinal instability, Spinal stenosis, Spondylolysis, Tumor in the spine, and degenerative spine conditions.

There are 3 main minimally invasive spine surgery techniques- Mini-open, Tubular and Endoscopic procedures. Mini-open procedure is similar to an open procedure, with fewer risks because the incision is smaller. The advances in visualization during surgery have made this procedure a success. Tubular procedure involves a tubular retractor. Endoscopic procedure uses an endoscope to pass through incisions towards spine. The incision made is smaller than a key-hole. But, only specialists use spinal endoscopy as it is one of the most advanced techniques. 

Topics included under MISS are:

  • MIS Lumbar Diskectomy
  • MIS Lumbar Fusion
  • Laser MISS
  • Endoscopic MISS
  • Computer Assisted Navigations
  • Mini-open MISS
  • Tubular MISS
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy
  • ALL Resection
  • ALIF
  • TDR
  • XLIF
  • Kyphoplasty
  • MIS Corpectomy
  • Smith-Petersen osteotomy
  • VATS
  • Pedicle subtraction osteotomy
  • Complications
  • MIS Lumbar Diskectomy
  • MIS Lumbar Fusion
  • Laser MISS
  • Endoscopic MISS
  • Computer Assisted Navigations
  • Mini-open MISS
  • Pedicle subtraction osteotomy
  • Tubular MISS
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy
  • ALL Resection
  • ALIF
  • TDR
  • XLIF
  • Kyphoplasty
  • MIS Corpectomy
  • Smith-Petersen osteotomy
  • VATS
  • Complications

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