Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery is gaining popularity among patients and neurosurgeons alike. Also known as MIS, this type of spine surgery is often faster and requires less recovery time than traditional spine surgery.
Conditions like lumbar spinal stenosis, scoliosis, and herniated disks can cause spinal joints and vertebrae to destabilize. Pressure adds to the spinal nerves.
We perform MIS at our practice because of the many patient benefits. Here are 5 of the most important patient benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery:
- Reduced Scarring
Spine surgery patients typically have better cosmetic results and decreased scarring due to the less-invasive nature of MIS. During MIS surgery, surgeons can create an incision as small as two centimeters.
- Reduced Post-Operative Pain
Because of the smaller incision and reduced risk of muscle or tissue damage during the surgical procedure, less patient post-operative pain is reported. This also means patients tend to rely less on post-operative pain medications.
- Faster Recovery
Less pain, scarring, and reduced risk of infection leads to a faster recovery. A faster recovery means you can get back to your daily life.
- Less Blood Loss
Less blood loss equals better surgical outcomes for patients, and minimally invasive surgery’s smaller incision helps achieve this goal. Some surgeons report fewer blood transfusions, and some patients, depending on the type of spinal procedure, are even able to leave the hospital the same day.
- Shorter Surgical Time
Shorter operating room times mean less anesthesia. This also means there’s less recovery time, too.
As with all surgical procedures, there are risks, so make sure you check with your physician on the benefits vs. risks of your particular minimally invasive spinal surgery.
Interested in learning more about herniated disks? Read my blog about lumbar herniated disks and sciatica.