What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery ( MISS )

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery also abbreviated as MISS is an alternative technique to the traditional open spine surgery. In Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery the spine surgeon would use surgical method which are less intrusive in nature to human body. So, the goal to be achieved by the spine specialist in this technique is to use smaller incisions in the body causing less muscle damage. Key-hole Spine Surgery is an alternative term used for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. In the traditional open technique, incisions are bigger and longer to get a clear view and access of the problem area. The bigger incisions damage the muscles more causing more pain and leading to longer recovery period.

In the Minimally Invasive Spine surgery the spine surgeon uses procedures like:

Microscopic Spine Surgery – where after making the incision the spine surgeon uses high powered microscopes which provides three-dimensional view of the surgical area.

Endoscopic Spine Surgery – where after making the incision the spine surgeon uses an endoscope (a small tube containing a camera) which provides two-dimensional view of the surgical area.

How is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery performed

In this technique the Spine surgeon makes a small incision close to the affected area. Then a small tube-shaped device called tubular retractor is inserted in the incision. This tubular retractor gently pushes aside the muscles and soft tissues making a tunnel like opening to approach the problem area for further procedure. The spine surgeon uses special tools to do the procedure and is guided by special microscope and real-time Xray machine. Some of the common Minimally Invasive Spine surgery procedures are Microendoscopic Discectomy, Laminectomy, Lumbar Fusion, Spinal Fracture Fixation, Vertebroplasty & Kyphoplasty.

Why to choose Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery is a technologically advanced procedure and is preferred for eligible cases as it has lots of benefits. 

Some of the benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery are: 

  • Smaller incision which leads to better cosmetic results and smaller scars
  • Minimal blood loss from surgery
  • Lesser muscle damage as a result of no cutting or minimal cutting of muscles
  • Minimal risk of infection 
  • Quicker recovery from surgery and early discharge from hospital
  • Sooner recommencement of affected movements and regular activities 
  • Reduced period of reliance on post-operative medications

When should I consider opting for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

At Spine and Sports Clinic we believe that surgery as an option should be the last resort for treating pain caused by spinal disorders. Not more than 10% of the cases citing pain due to Back pain or Neck pain needs spine surgery. So do not delay in consulting our spine specialist Dr Bhavin Shial. If Non- surgical treatments like medicine, physiotherapy, posture correction & spinal injections don’t result into relief in a defined period of time then the spine specialist can list the other surgical options. The surgeon can then consider Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery as an option for you. Some of the conditions treated with MISS are:

Herniated Disc, Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc disease, Spondylolysis, Spinal Infections, Spinal Tumors, Spinal Instability and many more

FAQs for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

What is the cost of a Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

The cost of a Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery depends upon the primary condition, patient’s health, the procedure to be adopted, the equipment and implants to be used, the hospital and ward category selected.

Dr Bhavin Shial performs Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at various budget and premium hospitals in Mumbai and he will guide you on the most economical option for you based on your need.

Who is qualified to perform a Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery can be performed by Spine surgeons, Orthopaedic surgeons and Neuro surgeons. Dr Bhavin Shial is one of the best Spine specialists in Mumbai and is a certified Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon. He holds a degree in Master of Surgery in Orthopedics and has done his Spine Fellowship from P.D. Hinduja Hospital. He has also earned esteemed international fellowship in Microsurgery and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery training in Germany. In his experience spanning over 11 plus years, he has performed more than 3000 + spine surgeries and provides best spine treatment in Mumbai.

What is the success rate of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Usually the Minimally Invasive Spine surgery techniques are very safe with high success rate going above 95%. Still the success of the surgery totally depends upon factors like patient’s initial health and age, post-operative care and follow-ups.

In how many days do you get discharge from hospital after Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Since Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery is an advanced technique, the incision is smaller in this technique and hence the recovery is sooner. In most cases the patient is discharged in 3 to 5 days after the surgery.

What is the post-operative care to be taken for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and for how long a period does one needs to take it?

The post-operative care and period varies for each case. Common post-operative care includes following doctor’s advice on medicines, physiotherapy, avoiding heavy weight lifting, rest, follow-up consultations and keeping a watch on fever and infection. The period of post-operative care ranges from 1 to 4 months.

Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery covered under Mediclaim

In most cases Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery is covered by your health insurance or Mediclaim company. The extent of coverage would totally depend upon the type of policy and sum insured opted by you. It is advisable to check with your Mediclaim company and get a better clarity.

What are the non-surgical alternatives to Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Almost 90% of the Spine problems can be rectified with non-surgical treatments and do not need surgery. At Spine and Sports Clinic, we do not believe in suggesting unnecessary surgical procedures. Dr Bhavin Shial’s first route of treatment is non-surgical options. Some of the non-surgical alternatives for spine problems that he suggests depending on the health of the patient and severity of the condition are Rest, Posture correction, Physiotherapy, pain medicines and epidural injections. It is advisable to visit Spine and Sports Clinic in Mumbai and consult spine specialist, Dr Bhavin Shial to discuss the best option suitable for your condition.