Minimally invasive spinal fusion, also called minimally invasive stabilization (MIS), takes a less intensive approach to the treatment of neck and back pain. Like spinal fusion that is performed as part of traditional open neck or back surgery, MIS aims to stabilize a patient’s spine and relieve neural compression caused by a bulging disc, herniated disc, spondylolisthesis or other spinal condition. However, unlike traditional open neck or back fusions, MIS is performed on an outpatient basis.
What are the advantages of MIS over open neck or back fusion?
In addition to requiring no overnight hospital stay, MIS offers the following benefits over other spinal fusion surgeries:
- MIS is performed through a small incision, whereas open neck or back surgery requires a large incision
- Patients face lower risk of infection and experience less scarring
- Recovery is typically shorter and less arduous
- Many patients experience less postoperative pain
Who are candidates for MIS?
Candidacy for MIS is made on a patient-by-patient basis. Like traditional open neck or back surgery, MIS is used as a treatment of last resort for patients who continue to experience pain and discomfort after utilizing conservative, non-surgical treatments for several weeks or months. If you’ve been advised to undergo open neck or back surgery to relieve your pain and discomfort, contact Laser Spine Institute to find out if you qualify for one of our state-of-the-art MIS procedures.