Minimally invasive is a broad term that describes surgery performed through small incisions This type of surgical approach helps reduce trauma to healthy tissue (that might otherwise occur during open surgery) by the use of specialized instruments and innovative surgical techniques. Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) procedures and techniques are commonly used to correct disc herniation, decompress nerve roots, stabilize vertebral compression fractures, and treat other spine disorders.
The spine surgeon uses microscopes, special glasses with magnification built into the lenses, cameras, and/or imaging equipment to view the surgical field through one or more narrow tubes. The incision(s) only needs to be large enough to pass a tube through. A tube gently dilates - separates and moves aside - muscle and other soft tissue, thereby reducing the amount of surgical trauma.
The surgical procedure is performed through the tube(s), which are designed and sized to allow the passage of instruments, devices and implants to the operative site. After the procedure, the tubes are removed and soft structures moved back into place. The incision is closed and dressed with a small bandage.
Spine surgery is an important decision. While the final decision is yours to make, the benefits and potential risks and complications require careful consideration. We look forward to answering your questions and helping you to resolve your concerns about any treatment offered by Piedmont Spine Center.