Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

What is minimally invasive spine surgery?

Experienced orthopedic surgeons will provide conservative treatment options before undergoing spinal surgery. These can include medications, injections, steroids, biologics, and physical therapy to name a few.  However, some back conditions are progressive and require surgery.

Years ago, open surgery was the only option for treating spinal disorders that required procedures. While it’s still critical for some spinal disorders, open surgery can be invasive and need longer healing times. Nowadays, minimally invasive techniques can be used in place of open surgery for numerous spinal conditions. A minimally invasive approach requires a small incision and utilizes microscopic techniques.  The smaller incision and ability to work through the spinal area with minimal disruption to the muscles allows for quicker healing, less pain, and faster return of function.  

Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) can often be performed under local anesthesia, alleviating the risk of complications from general anesthesia. 

Numerous spinal conditions can be treated with minimally invasive spinal surgery. The following are a few examples:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Spinal tumors
  • Vertebral compression fractures

Why might I need minimally invasive spine surgery? 

If conservative treatment methods are not helping or no longer minimizing your pain, or if your mobility and range of motion or stability are jeopardized, surgical interventions are recommended to reduce and alleviate your back or spinal disorder.

While acute back pain doesn’t require surgery, if you have pain that does not subside or has gotten worse and interferes with your daily living, that is a key indicator of needing surgery, as is weakness in your spine, legs, hips, arms, or difficulty walking. 

If you have bowel or bladder incontinence due to your spinal condition, a fever with back pain (which can be a sign of infection), or tumors on your spine, then spinal surgery is usually the recommended procedure for an optimal outcome and recovery of function.

With decades of experience, at Sforzo | Dillingham | Stewart Orthopedics + Sports Medicine all of our surgeons are board-certified and fellowship-trained. We offer you the best treatment options and care.

At Sforzo | Dillingham | Stewart Orthopedics + Sports Medicine, we take our time with each patient to listen and present options that are customized to their specific needs.

We provide excellent medical care in a warm, caring, comfortable environment, where patients are treated efficiently, effectively, and as if they were the only patient—You will be in the hands of experienced surgeons. Let us get you back in your game.