Minimal Invasive Spine Surgery(MISS) is a group of techniques for effective spine surgery, without the large surgical incisions associated with traditional open spine surgery. In MISS specialized instruments called as tubular retractors are used to access the spine through small incisions. The tubular retractor is inserted through the skin, soft tissue and muscle down to the spinal column.
This creates a tunnel right down to the area where the problem is with minimal injury to normal tissue and muscle and negligible blood loss as compared to the traditional open spine surgery. Any bone or disc material removed exits through the retractor, and any device necessary for the fusion such as screws and rods are inserted through the retractor.
At the end of the procedure, the tubular retractor is removed and the muscles return to their original position as before. As there is less trauma to the normal tissue there is less pain after the surgery and faster complete recovery.
These surgeries can be done under local anaesthesia in the awake and alert patient. It is very safe, injures no normal structures and is almost scarless. The patient can walk very early after the surgery and most often can go home even the same day of surgery.
Minmally invasive surgery is available for a number of spinal disorders, ranging from degenerative diseases to spinal tumors. State-of-the-art instrumentation designed specifically for these procedures allow for improve visualization and safe surgical access.
The neurosurgeons at Citi Neuro Centre have extensive training and experience in non-surgical and surgical treatments, as well as minimally invasive spinal techniques, which have the potential to greatly benefit patients.