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Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery (MISS)

Minimally invasive spine surgery involves doctors making small incisions into the body in order to access and operate on the spine. The incisions, which typically range from 0.5-1.5cm, can be made through the chest, back or abdomen. MISS is used to inspect, analyse and operate on issues relating to the back, neck, shoulders and legs.

The procedure

During a typical procedure, specialised instruments are passed through the incisions in the body, allowing the surgeons to operate. The surgeons will be guided by images from a camera (either an endoscope or fluoroscope), which will also be inserted through an incision. Images from the camera will be presented on a screen within the operating theatre.

Benefits of MISS include:

  • Reduced scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less bleeding during the operation
  • Reduced post-operative pain
  • More accurate diagnosis

Risks of MISS include:

  • Blood clots
  • Adverse reaction to anaesthetic
  • Infection

Am I eligible for MISS?

MISS is used to treat numerous conditions, such as back and neck pain, herniated discs, spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease, among many others.

Although MISS is very effective, it is not suitable for everyone, so it is worth booking an appointment with your doctor to see if it is the best option for you.

This page is intended for informational purposes only and should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you. 

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