Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS) or Band Aid Spine Surgery or Key Hole Spine Surgery is a technique wherein Spine Surgery is done through keyholes using tubes under X-ray guidance. Since its introduction, MISS has been accepted the world over as an effective alternative to open spine surgery. Now, we are able to perform more and more complex spine surgeries using MISS techniques. No external stitches are required for the ‘keyhole’ incisions and they are so small that a dressing with an ordinary band-aid may be sufficient, hence the name Band Aid Spine Surgery. The scars left behind after Key Hole Spine Surgery are much less noticeable and are cosmetically acceptable to the patient.
Keyhole technique significantly reduces the hospital stay and blood loss. Patients are able to return to work earlier and experience much less post-op pain. Requirement of blood transfusion is minimal. MISS is more expensive than open spine surgery and needs specialized equipment like tubes and microscope. We can perform lumbar fusion, Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF), spine fracture fixation and Lumbar Decompression using MISS techniques without a big midline incision as required in traditional open spine surgery.