Conditions Treated with Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Written by Jason M. Highsmith, MD

If you have back pain and non-surgical treatments aren't working for you, then you may be a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS). Minimally invasive spine surgery is different from standard open spine surgery because it combines technology with innovative techniques so you can have smaller incisions, and a shorter hospital stay. In fact, MISS can often be performed on an outpatient basis.

Although MISS accomplishes what many traditional open spine surgery accomplishes, it's an attractive option if you need spine surgery for a certain spine conditions because there are fewer risks involved than in open spine surgery.

Numerous spine conditions can be treated using minimally invasive spine surgery:

It's important to note that not all spine conditions can be treated using minimally invasive surgery. For example, in rare cases, if you have a certain spinal infection, sometimes it cannot be treated minimally invasively.

If minimally invasive spine surgery is an option for you, your doctor will explain the types of surgery he or she recommends. In most cases, MISS can effectively and safely treat your pain.

Because of rapid advances in technology, many spine disorders now can be treated with minimally invasive surgery, so talk to your doctor about any questions or concerns you have regarding MISS.

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