John D. Spears, D.O.

When spine surgery is an option,
The Missouri Spine Institute is the best option you have.

Spine 101: What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

If you are looking for a treatment for your spine problem, chances are you’ve heard the term “minimally invasive spine surgery.” Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is a technique surgeons use to repair the spine in a way that causes less physical trauma to the patient.

Why is it better?

During MISS, the surgeon uses special tools that are designed to fit through a smaller skin incision. This opening is significantly smaller than what an open-spine surgery would require. A smaller incision means less blood loss, lower risk of infection, and less pain. It can also reduce recovery time and shorten hospital stays.

How does it work?

Because the incision is smaller, the surgeon will need help to see what is happening inside the body. Using special tubular retractors, microscopes, and x-ray guidance the surgeon can go exactly where he needs in order to treat the problem. There is no need to disturb other areas just to reach the site that needs attention.

Who is a candidate for MISS?

Anyone who is a candidate for traditional open-spine surgery can be considered for MISS. Most every surgical problem of the spine has a treatment solution for which a minimally invasive technique is available. Talk with your doctor about what the best option is for you.