What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is a new and exciting type of surgery that allows spine procedures to be performed with smaller incisions and less surgical trauma. If you undergo MISS, you will recover quicker and experience less pain than patients who undergo traditional spine surgery.
At Active Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Spine Surgeons perform many types of minimally invasive spine surgery, including:
- Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusions
- Minimally Invasive Artificial Disc Replacement
- Minimally Invasive Discectomy (Microdiscectomy)
How is minimally invasive spine surgery performed?
During the procedure, your Active Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Spine Surgeon:
- Makes a tiny incision over the symptomatic vertebra(e) or spinal disc
- Carefully retracts muscles and soft tissues
- Removes pieces of vertebral bone and disc that pinch a spinal nerve root
In some cases, vertebral bones are fused and fixated but this will depend on the specific procedure you undergo. In many cases, you may return home after your procedure when your pain is controlled and you are awake and alert. Your symptoms decrease very quickly after surgery and your quality of life dramatically improves.
Due to the smaller incision and reduced muscle trauma, patients who undergo MISS typically recover and return to work and activities faster than those who undergo traditional spine surgery.
Why choose Active Orthopedics & Sports Medicine?
Active Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Spine Surgeons are Board Certified and Fellowship Trained minimally invasive spine surgery experts. If you are considering spine surgery, please contact us to see if you are a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery. We have conveniently located offices in Hackensack, Montclair, Emerson & Elmwood Park.