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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

What Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery is a general term used to describe the performance of surgery through small incision(s), usually with the aid of magnification, microscopic, or endoscopic visualization (i.e., devices or cameras designed for viewing internal portions of the body).

It's important to recognize that not all patients are appropriate candidates for MIS procedures. A Minimally Invasive Spine Procedure should offer certainty that the same or better results can be achieved through MIS techniques as with the respective open procedure. As a New York City surgeon who is highly qualified in the use of Minimally Invasive techniques, Dr. Goldstein reviews each case for the most appropriate procedure.

Why Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Useful?

Minimally invasive spine surgery was developed out of the desire to treat disorders of the spine with minimal muscle related injury, and with a more rapid recovery. Traditional surgical approaches to spine surgery often involve large incisions which naturally result in damage to muscle. A smaller incision normally means less muscle damage as a result of the incision. Less muscle damage can potentially result in quicker recovery, decreased operative blood loss, and speedy patient return to normal function.
Because MIS procedures may use video-assisted equipment, the surgeon normally has better visualization and magnification of internal organs and structure. For patients, this translates into a more accurate and definitive procedure.

Quicker Return to Normal Activity

Blood transfusions are less often needed in minimally invasive procedures. Patients may leave the recovery room quickly, returning to a regular surgical nursing unit shortly after surgery.

Hospital stays for traditional surgery are often shorter and may be ambulatory or outpatient. In many cases, patients can resume non-strenuous activities in days or weeks. Because patients experience only minimal pain and are eager to become active again, it's necessary to remember that your body still needs time to heal.

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