Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) has revolutionized the way surgeons treat spine disorders. Technological advances have refined surgical techniques, virtually eliminating the muscle dissection and disruption of spinal anatomy normally associated with traditional, open surgery. Minimally invasive surgery offers patients the advantages of less postoperative pain and a relatively swift recovery period.
With MIS, surgeons can perform the same procedures normally done under open surgery, but through smaller incisions. Most MIS procedures are performed using an endoscope—a thin telescope-like instrument with a lighted tube and camera attachment. Instruments are passed through the endoscope to the operative field.
Many of Dr. Kwon’s back and neck pain patients are treated with MIS. Not every patient is a candidate for MIS, and there are certain disorders that still require open surgery. The type of surgery recommended depends largely on medical judgment, as well as the patient’s diagnosis and overall state of health. Dr. Kwon regularly performs both MIS and open surgery and will recommend the treatment best suited for each patient.
Learn more about minimally-invasive spine surgery on SpineUniverse, including:
- What Is Microlaminectomy and Microlaminotomy?
- Lumbar Discectomy: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
- Interspinous Process Decompression
- What Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
- What Is Microdiscectomy?
Or visit the website for the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: www.SMISS.org.