OVERVIEW

What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS)?

Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) spinal fusion can now be accomplished using two small poke-hole incisions with minimal dissection, blood loss, and less pain resulting in a faster recovery than traditional open spinal surgery. With traditional spinal surgery it is necessary to cut through muscles and pull them out of the way in order to reach the spine. This causes a large amount of pain, blood loss and lengthens recovery. By gently spreading through the muscles, the MISS technique allows us to reach the spine with much less pain and blood loss.

Using the MISS technique, a transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) is the most common procedure performed. The MISS TLIF is commonly performed for a multitude of spinal conditions, such as herniated disks, spondylolisthesis and degenerative disc disease. A MISS TLIF involves relieving back and leg pain by removing any pressure on the nerve along with removing the disk. The disk is then replaced with a bone graft spacer, through which the vertebrae will fuse together. Small screws connected by rods are also placed and meant to hold the spacer in place to allow fusion to occur.

The major advantage of all of these minimally invasive techniques is that there is less damage caused to the surrounding tissues. There is rarely a need for a blood transfusion, often there is less need for narcotic pain medications, and usually there is a shorter hospital stay.

MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SURGERY

Benefits & Conditions Treated

In this video, Dr. Samuel Joseph, spine surgeon located in Tampa, FL, explains the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Joseph also reviews complex spine conditions that can now be treated with minimally invasive spine surgery due to advances in technology.

BENEFITS OF

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Fast Recovery

HOME THE SAME DAY

Dr. Joseph has developed a state of the art outpatient MISS program that allows patients to go home the same day as their surgery.

Less Post-Operative

PAIN & DISCOMFORT

Patients undergoing MISS procedures report less pain and require smaller doses of pain relievers than patients undergoing traditional surgeries.

Minimize Scarring

SMALLER INCISIONS

MISS procedures require smaller incisions — which means smaller, less noticeable scars.

Reduced Blood Loss

LESS TISSUE DAMAGE

Because there are no long incisions in MISS, surgeons often do not have to cut through muscles to complete the procedure, leading to less tissue damage and quicker recovery.

Reduced Risk of Infection

DUE TO SMALLER INCESIONS

Incisions expose patients to infection. Because of the significantly smaller incisions in MISS, the risk of post-op infections also drop significantly.

Improved Function

LESS HEALING TIME

Surgeons often do not have to cut through muscles to complete the procedure, leading to less tissue damage, minimal pain and a quicker recovery.

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