Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) can be a great path of treatment to look into. It comes with many benefits, especially when compared to more serious and intrusive surgery.

MISS can help with a variety of back complications including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, degenerated discs and compression fractures in the vertebrae. This procedure can also be used to help correct scoliosis and other such spinal deformities that cause instability.

When compared to the invasive spine surgery, MISS comes with a huge list of benefits. For one, you aren’t going to be left with huge ugly incision scars and you will recover with less scar tissue. The pain associated with this type of procedure is much less severe because the incisions are not large and less soft tissue is damaged. During MIS you lose much less blood and are not required to be on as much pain medication for as long. Then again, if pain medication is your thing, then definitively look into the more invasive surgery.

The cost:

The cost of minimally invasive spinal surgery is expensive, as is every other surgery. The thing is, when compared to invasive surgery the costs are minimal. You are able to stay at the hospital for a much shorter period of time, you don’t need as much medication and you recover faster. Also, because you are able to recover faster you are then able to return to work faster and continue to feed your wallet rather than empty it.

In the United States, minimally invasive surgery costs around six to eight thousand dollars when dealing with herniated or bulging discs. The cost is approximately ten thousand dollars, before the addition of hospital fees. More expensive are vertebral fusions, which can cost as much as fifteen to eighteen thousand dollars. Spinal surgery can cost close to $80,000 as well. Again, if you think that is too much then research a more invasive procedure and then come back and rethink that one.

Recovery Time:

Spinal surgery can put someone out of commission for a year or more but with minimally invasive spinal surgery the ‘out of commission’ time can be cut down to as little as a few months, assuming you work hard at proper recovery and do not injury yourself again. MIS can also be referred to as endoscopic surgery or keyhole surgery. (A keyhole is very tiny just like the incision.)

These procedures use medical instruments that require smaller incisions and utilize endoscopes to do the job. An endoscope is an instrument with a light and a camera attached to it and it is inserted into the small incisions and sends the images back to a large blown up screen for the surgeon to look clearly at.

Minimally invasive spine surgery is less severe than the more invasive ‘slice-you-up’ procedures. It only asks for a few small incisions, which reduces the amount of blood loss, pain, medication, and recovery time. With the reduction of these comes the reduction of costs as well. Note that this surgery, while called ‘minimally invasive,’ is still considered a major surgery and will still require a good amount of recovery time and pain. The minimally invasive surgery corrects a huge variety of spinal complications and is proven to be effective, even though it may seem like using a tiny instrument with a camera on it is something MacGyver may have come up with.