Spinal surgery is a complex procedure. To overcome the challenges associated with ‘open surgery’, top orthopedicians like Dr Ashwani Maichand are now relying on the minimally invasive surgical technique. Unlike the traditional surgical method that involves a long incision and considerable blood loss, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, or MISS, is marked by smaller incisions that are done using tiny surgical instruments. A camera is then lowered to the affected spine region, which allows the spine surgeon to perform the operation.
MISS offers number of physical, cosmetic, and recovery advantages. Some of them are listed below:
Suitable for various spinal conditions
MISS helps dealing with several spinal defects, such as degenerative spinal disease, spinal trauma, spinal stenosis, herniated discs, etc. It does the needful with minimal soft tissue disruption, as there is no need to pull the muscles around the surgical site aside while performing the surgery.
Open spine surgery involves a longer recovery period as the surrounding muscles of the surgical spot often get damaged. On the other hand, MISS involves small incisions that do not affect the adjoining tissues and muscles, making the recovery much faster.
Minimal blood loss and pain
Smaller skin incisions in MISS lead to less blood loss unlike in open surgery that involves a higher risk of excessive bleeding. Also, patients experience less post operative pain after MISS, which marginally reduces the need of taking strong pain medications.
The risk of complications is noticeably less in MISS. As compared to big incisions in open spinal surgery, the cuts in MISS are tinier and fewer. This marginally reduces the chances of getting an infection on or around the surgical site. Also, MISS gives better cosmetic results as there is minimal scarring.
Day care and next day mobilization
Minimally Invasive Technique (MIS) decreases the surgical time significantly. It is mostly a day care procedure and patients are often discharged home next day after the operation. Moreover, quicker mobilization helps them resume their regular activities without much inconvenience.
From greater precision and improved safety to quicker recovery and better quality of life, the cutting-edge MIS technique seems to be the right choice for delicate spine procedures. You could get in touch with Dr Ashwani Maichand for more information on this advanced surgical technique.