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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS), a highly advanced spine surgery that has gained momentum in recent years, prevents significant damage to the muscles surrounding the spine, involves small incision, resulting in less pain after surgery and a faster recovery. Spine surgery is traditionally done as "open surgery," meaning the area being operated on is opened with a long incision to allow the surgeon to view and access the anatomy. Now a days, however, technological advances have allowed more back and neck conditions to be treated with a minimally invasive surgical technique.
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Q1 How is Minimal invasive spine surgery better than the conventional open spine surgery?
A1. Minimally invasive spine surgery, also referred to as less invasive spine surgery, unlike traditional open spine surgery, entails small incisions, prevents significant damage to the surrounding muscles or other soft tissue around the spine leading to quick recovery, less pain and less bleeding. The spine surgeon uses specialized instruments that help in accessing problem area in spine, through small incisions. It is a more advanced surgical approach.
Q2 What does conventional Open spine surgery involve?
A2 In traditional open spine surgery, the spine surgeon makes a long incision,nearly 5 to 6 inches, and move aside the surrounding muscles in order to have a good view and access of the spine.The spine surgeon is able to remove diseased bones or intervertebral discs and put screws,cages or any bone graft material inside in order to stabilize the spine and encourage healing.The accompanying muscles are retracted for better view of the affected spine area, potenially causes damage to the soft tissue thereby causing more pain and longer recovery time.
Q3. Which spine surgery is Minimal Invasive technique used for?
A3 The Minimal Invasive surgical approach is being used for a wider range of procedures. However, the most common spine surgeries in which it is used, are Decompression and Fusion surgeries.
Q4 What is decompression?
A4 Decompression removes the undue pressure put on the spinal nerves by removing parts of herniated disc or bone.
Q5 What is spinal fusion?
A5 In spinal fusion, the painful spine bones or vertebrae are fused or joined together so that they heal into one single solid bone.
Q6 When is Spine surgery recommended?
A6. The spine surgery is usually recommended when all other non surgical treatment options such as pain killers, physical therapy, have been explored and none of them was able to provide relief in your back symptoms.
Also, it is recommended when your spine surgeon is able to figure out the exact cause of your symptoms and pin point the problematic area in your spine such as spinal stenosis or herniated disc.
A period of around 6 to 12 months is generally taken into account for observation in order to see if the non surgical therapies are working or not or rather the symptoms have worsened over time, then you might consider spine surgery as a viable option.
Let your surgeon determine the need for spine surgery in your case by clinically evaluating you, running some investigations, figure out the intensity of your symptoms and the amount of disability it has brought alongwith.
Surgery is generally avoided, to your surprise, even by the surgeons. However, if there is a need for spine surgery, which might be, then it is not wise to delay it.
Spine surgery is recommended by your spine surgeon only when he feels that your medical condition can be treated with spine surgery. The medical conditions for which spine surgery may be an option, are:
Narrowing of the spinal canal, referred to as Spinal Stenosis
Removal of spine tumor
Infection of spine
Fracture of the spine bone or vertebra
Every spine surgery may not be performed by minimally invasive technique. Your doctor is the best person to decide if Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery is an option for you.
Q7 What are the advantages of MISS or Minimal Invasive Spine Surgery?
A7. The several advantages of the Minimal invasive Spine Surgery are as follows:
Duration of the procedure is usually decreased as compared to that of open or traditional spine surgery
Less muscle or other soft tissue injury
Shorter recovery time
Early resumption of work
It is, however, important to note that although MISS has several advantages, still there are certain spine problems which MISS technique does not treat effectively. You spine surgeon will guide you well whether in your case it would be an option or not.
Q8 How long will be the hospital stay?
A8 Usually, minimally invasive spine surgery reduces the hospital stay by 50% in comparison to that in case of traditional open spine surgery. In some spine procedures such as Endoscopic Discectomy, the patient may be discharged from the hospital, the same day of the procedure. However, few other minimally invasive spine procedures such as Lumbar fusion spine surgery, the hospital stay may be around 2 to 3 days, at the most. Besides shorter hospital stay, the added advantage is that of better and fast recuperation, minimal pain and aesthetically good results.'
Q9 What are the risk associated with Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
A9 Like every other surgery, it also has its own share of risks, though rare.
They may be
Damage to the nerve
Blood clot formation
Complications due to anesthesia
Inadequate relief in symptoms
Risks are weighed as per your age, your general health and any co-morbid medical condition and accordingly your doctor will take the final call.
Also, careful selecton of the specialist with ample experience and expertise in his field of work, who has operated upon high volume of patients with high success rate is required.
The hospital which has the most advanced technology and state of the art infrastructure, is equally important.
Q10 What preparation is required for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
A Once your spine surgery is scheduled, your doctor will explain to you the details of the surgery such as what your surgery involves, what can be expected after the surgery and duration of your hospital stay and recovery time, how you can resume your activities gradually, and attend to all your concerns pertaining to your medical condition and the surgery in question.
Your doctor will run some tests such as blood test, imaging tests such as X-ray, MRI.
You will be asked to stop some medicines such as Aspirin, Blood thinners that may interfere with your surgery or your recovery. You may be asked to stop smoking ahead of your scheduled surgery, as it may delay healing.
You are not allowed to have anything to drink or eat after midnight, the night before the scheduled surgery.
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