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what is minimally invasive spine surgery and how is it different from traditional spine surgery?

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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
17 years experience General Practice
Speak to your doctor: I suggest you speak to the surgeon doing the procedure to ask all the details regarding the differences in those surgeries as it refers to your condition. Hope you feel better.
Answered on Mar 18, 2019
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Dr. Kevin Hiler
41 years experience General Surgery
Small incision: Patient ha smaller incision, less pain more rapid recovery.
Answered on Oct 20, 2018
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Varies: The use of the term minimally invasive surgery has been widely used, but varies tremendously from surgeries done through puncture sized incisions as outpatient to spinal reconstructive surgeries that may still require several days in the hospital. The term implies achieving a similar or superior surgical result as a more traditional surgery, but with a less invasive approach. Thank you.
Answered on Oct 20, 2018
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
18 years experience Neurosurgery
MIS Definition: Minimally invasive spine (mis) surgery is performed through multiple small tissue openings to perform decompression of nerves, instrumentation and fusion of the spine. The treatment goals of an mis surgery are the same as traditional spine surgery but less tissue disruption occurs with mis surgery. Variations in pain and recovery depend on the extent of surgery performed.
Answered on Oct 20, 2018
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Dr. Robert Replogle
28 years experience Neurosurgery
Less Invasive: Minimally invasive spine surgery techniques treat spine disorders with minimal disruption of normal structures, particularly the back (para spinous) muscles. This is accomplished with smaller incisions, x-ray guidance, and gentle dilation of muscles instead of destructive techniques and large retractors. The overall results are the same as open spine surgeries but with much faster recovery.
Answered on Oct 20, 2018
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Shouldn't ...: Once you stop growing you shouldn't have significant progression of any curve unless there is some underlying nerve problem causing your scoliosis.
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