Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS) also called as less invasive spine surgery is a surgical process that requires a small incision for performing the surgery.
Before proceeding with the surgery the Spine Specialist Surgeon have to make sure that the patient is fit for the procedure. This is done by performing a series of tests and screening process. The patient might be prescribed certain medications, a week, or two before the surgery, to avoid any sort of infection during or after the surgery.
A patient will receive general anaesthesia before moving to the operation theatre and will sleep through the surgical procedure.
- Step 1: The doctor will make few small incisions at the affected site
- Step 2: A thin telescope-like instrument, called an endoscope is inserted through small incisions in the body. It has a tiny video camera – smaller than a dime attached to its top, which projects the inside view of the patient’s body on a monitor. These images help the doctor to perform complex operations easily
- Step 3: The doctor then passes small surgical instruments or robotic arms (during robotic-assisted surgery) through these incisions to perform the surgery by using the best X-ray views of the anatomy of the spine.
- Step 4: The doctor closes the incisions with sutures and covers them with surgical tape
After the operation, the patient has to stay in the hospital for a day or two for monitoring purposes. The doctor might prescribe the patient to take physiotherapy sessions in order to have a fast recovery.