Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

What is minimally invasive spine surgery?

Minimally invasive spine surgery is a technique used to minimize trauma to the body during surgery.

What is involved in the procedure?

Instead of creating a large incision, your surgeon will make one or more tiny incisions, each very small in length. Surgical tools for cutting, cauterizing and suturing can be inserted through the incisions where they are manipulated by the surgeon, who is guided by real-time X-ray images of the patient’s spine.

Minimally invasive techniques can be used for simple procedures such as microdiscectomies and laminectomies, and for complex procedures such as fusions. Use of this technique means shorter hospital stays, a quicker recovery, less pain and a smaller risk of infection.

What are the advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery?

How long is minimally invasive spine surgery?

The length of surgery depends on the procedure. For simple cases, surgery can be as short as one to two hours.

How long is the hospital stay after minimally invasive spine surgery?

The length of time in the hospital depends on the type of procedure and can vary patient to patient. On average, for simple procedures most patients are discharged the same day as surgery or the day after surgery.  For more complex procedures, the hospital stay can range from one to three days. 

What spine conditions is minimally invasive spine surgery used for?

What are the risks of minimally invasive spine surgery?

The risks of minimally invasive spine surgery are often lower than those of open surgery.

They include but are not limited to:

  • Cerebrospinal fluid leak
  • Bruising around the incision site
  • Infection
  • Failure to ease symptoms

Interested in learning more about minimally invasive spine surgery?

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