12 doctors weighed in:

How risky is minimally invasive spine surgery?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Will Moorehead
Dr. Will Moorehead
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 2%

2% complication rate risk are infection nerve injury unrelieved symptoms.

In brief: 2%

2% complication rate risk are infection nerve injury unrelieved symptoms.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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Dr. Robert Replogle
Neurosurgery

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Replogle
Dr. Robert Replogle
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Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery

In brief: MIS Risk

Depending on the surgery minimally invasive spine (mis) surgery can carry the same or slightly less risk than traditional open surgery.

In brief: MIS Risk

Depending on the surgery minimally invasive spine (mis) surgery can carry the same or slightly less risk than traditional open surgery.
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
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