What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery was developed to treat disorders of the spine with less disruption to the muscles. This can result in quicker recovery, decrease operative blood loss, and speed patient return to normal function. Conventional spine surgery creates large incisions with more scar tissue.  With much smaller incisions, significantly less post-operative pain and equivalent or better outcomes than traditional open techniques, minimally invasive spine surgery has revolutionized spine surgery.

“Now, due to this new procedure, patients on average require 50% less pain medication and recover faster. It’s conceivable that a patient could be resuming daily activities within days of the surgery.“

Only a few surgeons around the country are performing true minimally invasive spine fusions, including Dr. Thomas Loftus at Austin Neurosurgical Institute. MISS has expanded to include spinal fusions. Few surgeons around the country are performing true minimally invasive spine fusions. With much smaller incisions, significantly less post-operative pain and equivalent or better outcomes than traditional open techniques, minimally invasive spine surgery has revolutionized spine surgery. It is clinically proven to decrease post-operative pain medicine usage by 50% and reduce hospitalization time by approximately 30%. ANI recommends minimally invasive spine surgery as the optimal choice. Austin Neurosurgical Institute is dedicated to helping patients return to the level of health they expect.

Video by Daniel K. Park, MD