Neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Thomas recently completed his spine fellowship through the University of Miami, where he focused on minimally invasive spine surgery (MIS). This differs from traditional spine procedures in that it involves a small incision, which in turn results in less blood loss and muscle damage. Moreover, patients often recover faster with MIS, and require less post-operative rehabilitation. Neurosurgeons like Dr. Michael Thomas and his peers rely on MIS to treat a wide range of conditions, including herniated discs and spinal tumors.
When surgeons perform MIS, they must, after making as small an incision as appropriate, move any obscuring muscle tissue in order to access the spine. Surgeons maneuver through muscle with the help of specialized instruments like tiny video cameras and tubular retractors.
The risks of MIS line up with those of traditional spine procedures, though studies suggest that MIS brings with it a lower risk of infection. Patients ought to talk about such risks with qualified surgical professionals before deciding to undergo this procedure.