Minimal Invasive Surgery (MISS)

What is it?

Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is a form of keyhole surgery whereby surgeons are able to diagnose and treat problems originating in the back, neck and shoulders by gaining access to the spine. Incisions made into the skin are very small, making MISS much less invasive than traditional procedures.

When is MISS used?

MISS is used to carry out a number of procedures, including repair of herniated discs, spinal fusions, decompression of spinal tumours, and repairs of vertebral compression fractures.

What does the procedure entail?

For the procedure, the surgeon will make small incisions (less than 2cm) into the skin. They will then pass small, specialised instruments and a camera (endoscope or fluoroscope) through the incisions in order to operate. The camera takes images of the affected area, which will be displayed on a monitor and used to guide the surgeons through the operation. The exact nature of procedure will depend on your individual condition, which will be determined through an initial consultation with your doctor.

What are the benefits?

• More accurate diagnosis
• More precise treatment
• Reduced scarring due to smaller incisions
• Less bleeding
• Reduced pain following the operation
• Reduced risk of infection
• Shorter hospital stay (patients normally discharged within 2 to 3 days of the procedure)

What are the risks?

• Infection
• Bleeding
• Nerve damage
• Blood clots
• Pain

MISS is not for everyone, and a consultation with a health professional will enable you to determine whether MISS is suitable for you.

We look forward to hearing from you to discuss your needs and see how we can get you the best treatment, quickly and affordably.

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