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how risky is minimally invasive spine surgery?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: It depends on exactly what is being done, your surgeon's experience and training, your size and medical condition, the type of condition being treated. All surgery has risks. Mis can reduce some risks, but may increase other. Have a frank discussion with the surgeon recommending the procedure.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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Dr. Mark Weston
30 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
2%: 2% complication rate risk are infection nerve injury unrelieved symptoms.
Answered on Apr 9, 2013
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Dr. Will Moorehead
51 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Small: Miss carries with it the same risks as conventional open surgery ie nerve root damage, paresis, paralysis, epidural hematoma, wound infection, pseudoarthrosis, hardware failure, ect. It has the advantage of smaller access to the site of damage, decreased scar tissue formation and quicker recovery.
Answered on Apr 27, 2016
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
18 years experience Neurosurgery
MIS Risk: Depending on the surgery minimally invasive spine (mis) surgery can carry the same or slightly less risk than traditional open surgery.
Answered on Aug 1, 2013
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Dr. Robert Replogle
28 years experience Neurosurgery
Generally low: The outcomes of minimally invasive spine surgery vs open have been compared in many studies. The outcomes are generally comparable long-term. Short term advantages of minimally invasive surgeries are less blood loss, lower narcotic use, lower cost, shorter length of stay, and lower infection rates.
Answered on Feb 14, 2015
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