Goal of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS) in general is to stabilize vertebral bones & spinal joints in order to relieve pressure being applied to spinal nerves. These are often found to result from conditions like bone spur, spinal instability, spinal tumors, scoliosis, or herniated discs. Minimally invasive spine surgery as opposed to open spine surgery procedure can be safer, faster & requiring lesser time for recovery because of reduced trauma to muscles & soft tissues.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

There are many benefits accrued to minimally invasive spine surgery procedures. Some important potential benefits however include the following.

  • Lesser blood loss resulting from surgery.
  • Reduced risk of damage to muscles since lesser or no cutting through muscles is required in the procedure.
  • Reduced risk of infections.
  • Reduced postoperative pain.
  • Better cosmetic results due to smaller skin incisions.
  • Faster recovery alongside lesser requirement of rehabilitation.
  • Reduced requirement of depending on pain medication following surgery.

Moreover, there are quite a few minimally invasive spine surgery procedures which are performed as outpatient treatments & which only require local anesthesia. Therefore, there is lesser risk of adverse reactions to general anesthesia with minimally invasive spine surgery as such.

Risks & Complications Associated with Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

No matter how minimal is surgery, risks & complications are associated with all types of surgical intervention. Some common risks of minimally invasive spine surgery include the following.

  • Adverse reactions to anesthesia
  • Unexpected blood loss during surgery
  • Localized infections in spite of small incision sites
  • Chances that initial minimally invasive spine surgery may not be completed & therefore subsequently requiring a second full open surgical procedure

Conditions Treated Using Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Following is a list of some of the common conditions treated by using minimally invasive spine surgery procedures.

  • Herniated Discs
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Infections
  • Scoliosis
  • Other Spinal Deformities
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Vertebral Compression Fractures

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Procedure

Since discs, vertebrae & spinal nerves are located deep inside the body an approach which is required to gain access to the spinal region requires moving muscle tissue out of the way to reach the operation site. During the minimally invasive spine surgery this is generally facilitated by using small sized incisions & guiding tiny instruments & a microscopic video camera through them. Lasers are however very rarely utilized during minimally invasive spine surgeries. Moreover, there are number of techniques which are utilized in order to minimize trauma during minimally invasive spine surgeries.

Affordable Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in India

India offers an excellent opportunity for international patients to undergo excellent quality of minimally invasive spine surgeries at reasonable costs. Spine surgery cost in India in comparison is just a fraction of what it takes to undergo medical treatments at other healthcare destinations across the world. Moreover, spine surgeons in India are considered to be some of the best in the world & are capable of performing the most complex surgical interventions with ease. They are also aware of the emerging trends in surgical techniques & adept at handling latest technology like required by minimally invasive spine surgery procedures.

Author's Bio: 

Kimmie Rollison is an eminent Health consultant. She also writes for the Health columns for Travcure medical tourism and various regional and international online media and blogs.Follow her on twitter @kimmierollison.