Traditional Spine Surgery vs. MISS

Spine surgeries are extremely delicate and critical procedures; if anything goes even slightly wrong during a spine surgery, there can be lifelong consequences. A decade or two back, spine surgeries were right up there with some of the riskiest medical procedures out there but thankfully, that’s no longer the case. Through modern technology and successful research, we’ve come up with a newer technique of operating on the spine which has much lesser risks and complications involved – it’s called Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery or MISS.

If you or anyone you know is in need of orthopedic spine surgery, it’s a good idea to start consulting with your doctor about MISS. It’s not recommended for all patients but if your doctor believes that you might be a good candidate for this procedure, here are some benefits you get over traditional operations.

You Spend Lesser Time at The Hospital

This procedure focuses on fixing your spine from the outside. If your problem can be fixed through this procedure, you may only need to spend a maximum of two days at the hospital before you’re discharged. In some cases you might be allowed to go home after just a few hours of your surgery too.

Lesser Chances of Infections

One of your biggest concerns after a successful operation is that there’s a risk of infections because of the stitches on your body. The risk is even greater in the first week after most surgeries but since very small incisions are made during MISS, the risk of infections is very miniscule.

Lesser Damage Done

During surgeries, doctors have to cut through muscle and tissue to get to the parts that need medical attention. This can also lead to a loss of blood, which means that recovery will take even longer. During MISS, there’s very little tissue and muscle that’s cut.

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