What is Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery?
Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery, or MIS / keyhole surgery, refers to surgical techniques that only require a small incision to be made. Often these incisions are less than an inch in length, whereas in a regular surgery the incision may be up to 6 inches long. This process also helps to reduce damage to the beneath the skin. Specifically designed surgical tools are used in these surgeries. All screws and rods that are used to stabilise and realign the spine are also inserted via minimally invasive techniques.
Dr Parkinson has a strong interest in minimally invasive surgery. This aspect of neurosurgery is constantly growing, and becoming more popular. It must be noted that not all spinal conditions can be treated through this process, including some tumours, and severe stenosis or scoliosis.
Minimally invasive spinal surgery generally has better results as there is much greater accuracy in diagnosis, and treatment of the pain is very precise. For this reason, MIS is also a safer way to operate.
Benefits of MIS
- Smaller scars post-operation
- Less tissue damage beneath the skin
- Less pain and blood loss
- Shortened hospital stay, reducing time and costs
- Reduced risk of infection
- Quicker return to normal activities
What conditions can be treated with MIS?
Treatable conditions include:
- Lower back pain
- Herniated discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative discs or spinal disease
- Spinal instability