The Availability Of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

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The Availability Of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery


Minimally invasive spine surgery, also known as MISS, is any minimally invasive procedure that targets conditions specifically within the spine through the use of small incisions as opposed to traditional open-spine surgery which typically requires a 5-6 inch incision. This technique utilizes modern technology, advanced imaging techniques and special medical equipment to reduce tissue trauma, bleeding, radiation exposure, hospital stays and recovery by minimizing the size of the incision.


MISS can be used to treat a number of spinal conditions such as degenerative disc disease, disc herniation, fractures , tumors , infections, instability and deformity. It also makes spine surgery possible for patients who were previously considered too high risk for traditional surgery due to previous medical history or the complexity of the condition. Traditionally, spine surgery has been performed using the "open surgery" method This procedure requires surgeons to create a 5-6 inch incision down the affected portion of the spine and to pull back the tissue and muscle using retractors in order to reveal the bone. Open surgery can affect more anatomy than is actually required to operate on the spine and can lead to lengthier recovery periods.


Minimally invasive surgery aims to combat these issues by reducing tissue trauma, bleeding and risk of infection while improving the healing process of the body by minimizing the size of the incision. Minimally invasive spine surgery is performed by an orthopedic surgeon and a trained medical team. Typically, they will begin the operation by delivering a type of anesthesia that numbs a particular part of the body in conjunction with sedation or simply give a general anesthesia that prevents pain and allows the patient to sleep throughout the surgery.


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