Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is a technique using small incisions to gain access to the spine to treat spine problems with less retraction on the muscles and less dissection to the surrounding tissues. MISS procedures are performed through one or more small incisions through which tubular retractors or an endoscope is inserted. Tubular retractors are used to hold the muscles open and then specialized instruments are used to access the surgical site through the tubular retractor to remove bone or disk materials or conduct spine fusion. The advantages of MISS include small incisions, less damage to surrounding tissues, less blood loss, less pain, quicker healing and shorter hospital stay.

Endoscopic Spine Surgery

There are numerous benefits to choosing endoscopic spine surgery including:

  • Minimally invasive: Our procedures are performed through small incisions, resulting in minimal scarring and reduced risk of infection.
    Outpatient procedure: Many of our surgeries can be done on an outpatient basis, allowing for a faster recovery and minimal disruption to your daily routine.
  • Local anesthesia: In some cases, we can use local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia, minimizing risks associated with anesthesia.
  • Quick relief of symptoms: Endoscopic spine surgery can provide rapid relief from chronic pain, allowing you to experience relief and get back to your normal activities sooner.
  • Preservation of spinal mobility: Our minimally invasive approach aims to preserve spinal mobility, which can help you maintain a high level of functionality after surgery.
  • Multiple treatment options: We offer a range of endoscopic procedures that can address various spine conditions, providing tailored treatment options to meet your specific needs.
  • Fewer scars and less pain: With minimal incisions and reduced trauma to surrounding muscles, our patients often experience less postoperative pain and scarring compared to traditional open surgery.
  • Earlier return to activities: Our minimally invasive approach can allow for a quicker recovery time, getting you back to your regular activities sooner and with less downtime.

Want to learn more about minimally invasive spine surgery? Call our San Antonio, TX office at (210) 402-1222 today!