Common Questions About Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) has become a popular alternative to traditional open surgery for the treatment of spinal conditions. This innovative surgical technique uses small incisions and specialized instruments to reduce damage to surrounding tissues, resulting in faster recovery times and fewer complications. 

As MISS continues to gain popularity, many patients may have questions about this procedure, including who is a candidate, what conditions can be treated, and what the benefits and risks are. In this article, we will answer some of the most common questions about minimally invasive spine surgery.

1. What is minimally invasive spine surgery?

Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is a type of surgical technique that uses small incisions and specialized instruments to treat spinal conditions. This approach minimizes damage to surrounding tissues and reduces the risk of complications, leading to faster recovery times and less pain compared to traditional open surgery.

2. What conditions can be treated with minimally invasive spine surgery?

MISS can be used to treat a variety of spinal conditions, including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and spinal tumors. The technique can also be used to perform spinal fusion surgeries and other procedures that involve stabilizing the spine.

3. Who is a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery?

Candidates for MISS are typically those who have not responded to non-surgical treatments, such as physical therapy or medication. Patients who are generally healthy and have a low body mass index (BMI) may be better candidates for MISS, as obesity can make the procedure more difficult. Your doctor will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure based on your individual medical history and diagnostic imaging.

4. What are the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery?

The benefits of MISS include less pain, smaller incisions, reduced blood loss, faster recovery times, and fewer complications compared to traditional open surgery. Patients may also experience improved mobility and a quicker return to normal activities.

5. How long does recovery take after minimally invasive spine surgery?

Recovery times vary depending on the individual and the procedure performed, but most patients can expect to return to work and normal activities within a few weeks to a few months after the procedure. Your doctor will provide specific guidelines for your recovery, including limitations on physical activity and any necessary rehabilitation.

Virginia Spine Specialists is an award-winning, minimally invasive spinal care practice with locations in Fredericksburg, VA and Manassas, VA. We also serve these Northern and Central Virginia locations: Haymarket, Gainesville, Culpepper, Front Royal, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Colonial Beach, Tappahannock and Lake Anna.