Our surgeons are fellowship-trained and highly experienced in performing a variety of minimally invasive spine surgeries (MISS), which mean smaller incisions, less blood loss, and a faster recovery. Our team is able to treat a wide spectrum of spinal conditions using the latest computer-assisted techniques. Our goal is to get you back to doing the activities you love as quickly and safely as possible.

What is minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS)?

MISS is an alternative surgical option for patients suffering from a spinal disorder, such as degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, scoliosis, or spinal stenosis. Advanced technologies paired with innovative surgical techniques allow these minimally invasive spinal surgeries to repair the spine with reduced risk and decreased recovery time.

Why is minimally invasive spine surgery performed?

Eight out of ten Americans experience neck or back pain at some point in their lives. If this happens, you want the best specialists and treatments available. MedStar Health has experienced, fellowship-trained spine specialists who diagnose and treat a variety of complex conditions related to the spine and back, including:

Back to Normal: Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery Resolves Pain, Restores Mobility (PDF)

What does minimally invasive spine surgery involve?

Spine surgery can involve the neck or back, each of which has specific techniques and procedures that vary depending on the condition and location. Some of the most common minimally invasive spinal surgeries are listed below

Minimally invasive neck surgeries

Some of the minimally invasive surgeries that are most commonly performed at MedStar Health include the following:

  • Cervical discectomy and foraminotomy – This is a procedure that widens the tunnel (foramen) in the cervical (neck) spine where nerve roots leave the spinal canal. The foraminotomy is combined with a discectomy to remove any material that is pressing on a nerve root or the spinal cord

Minimally invasive back surgeries

The following minimally invasive surgeries are commonly performed at MedStar Health:

  • Lumbar discectomy: The spine is made up of vertebrae, and in between each pair of vertebrae is a protective padding known as a disc. Deterioration of a disc can occur as a result of a herniated disc or degenerative disc disease. A discectomy is the surgical removal of material that is pressing on a nerve root or the spinal cord due to a herniated or bulging disc in the lumbar spine (lower back)

  • Lumbar laminectomy: The structures that cause compression of the nerves in spinal stenosis can be removed with minimal invasiveness

What are the benefits?

By using smaller incisions, our surgeons are able to minimize damage to the surrounding muscles and ligaments of the spine. When compared to traditional surgery, these less invasive surgeries allow for the following benefits:

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: Dr. Victor Du

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