Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS)

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS) is a way of doing spine surgery through very small incisions. It has become increasingly popular in the last ten years. MISS is one of those breakthroughs that when patients are shown how it works, it usually results in comments such as, “Wow, that’s amazing!”

Traditionally, spine surgery was performed through large incisions, so the spine surgeon could see the anatomy being worked on. However, the large incision often made for lengthy, painful recoveries for the patients. MISS has found ways to overcome these problems.

During an MISS procedure, the surgeon will use specially designed tools (including special tubes and retractors), and image guided technology, to enable him to do the entire surgery through very small incisions. Each incision is usually about the area of a large thumb nail.

The result of operating through these small incisions is remarkable, as the patient usually:

  • Loses less blood.
  • Has less damage to muscles and other tissues.
  • Experiences less pain after surgery.
  • Spends less time in the hospital after surgery.
  • Recovers more quickly.

Dr. Rahman has extensive experience with the latest MISS techniques. Today, he uses MISS for various spinal problems, including for some adult degenerative scoliosis cases, and when stabilizing or decompressing parts of the spine. Dr. Rahman also knows that MISS is not suitable for all spinal problems, especially large, complex spinal deformities. You can trust that he will discuss the surgical options with you, and select the most suitable technique for your condition.