Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS) causes significantly less pain and allows faster healing than traditional open surgery. Fellowship-trained neurosurgeon Yan Michael Li, MD, Ph.D., at the Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Institute, specializes in MISS to treat herniated discs, spinal nerve compression, and many other disorders. Call the Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Institute’s office in San Antonio or Houston, Texas, or Utica, New York, today or book an appointment online to learn more about benefiting from MISS.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS) is an alternative to traditional open methods that require a six-inch incision.
The large incisions used in open spine surgery cause significant tissue damage. But MISS requires much smaller incisions of no more than an inch. Tissue damage is considerably reduced, offering patients substantial benefits.
MISS is faster and safer than open surgery. The reduced muscle and ligament damage offers many benefits, including:
Most patients having MISS under the Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Institute’s care go home the same or the next day, less than half the length of an open surgery hospital stay.
Dr. Li uses MISS to treat many back, and neck problems, including:
MISS can treat most back and neck disorders. Dr. Li will discuss the best approach for you.
MISS might use:
An endoscope is a slim tube with a tiny camera and light. Dr. Li inserts the endoscope into a small incision so he can view your spine on a monitor. He uses these images to guide his instruments.
Lasers use light energy. The laser beams penetrate your skin and underlying tissues, removing the need for scalpel incisions altogether.
Retractors are expandable instruments that push muscle out of the way without causing excessive damage. They provide a channel through which Dr. Li views the surgery site.
The MISS Dr. Li recommends depends on your condition. Surgeries he performs include:
Before considering MISS, you complete several months of conservative treatment, which most patients find highly effective. This treatment might include physical therapy, rest, and medication. For unresponsive cases, epidural steroid injections, radiofrequency ablation, and spinal cord stimulation (SCS) offer effective alternatives.
Call the Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Institute today or book an appointment online to learn how MISS can ease your neck and back pain.