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Minimally Invasive Surgery
|What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?|
Minimally = as little as possible
Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is performed with specialized instruments and techniques that minimize disruption to the body’s tissues.
Compared to traditional, open surgical procedures, minimally invasive procedures generally:
At The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York, our neurosurgeons perform minimally invasive surgery on adult and pediatric patients.
Minimally invasive procedures are typically carried out through incisions much smaller than those used in traditional procedures. In many MIS procedures, instruments called tubular dilators are inserted into incisions just a few centimeters in length. These dilators are tubes of expanding diameter that create channels through muscle and other tissue, down to the area of interest. Instead of cutting the muscles and tissues, the dilators move them aside. A final tube called a retractor fits over the dilators. Its function is to hold the tissues apart during surgery. Once the retractor is in place, the dilators can be removed.
The instruments used to perform MIS spinal procedures typically pass down through the retractors to reach the spine. Any material removed during surgery (for example, disc material or bone) is extracted up through the retractors.
Minimally invasive surgeries are performed through such small openings that the surgeon does not have the same view of the area as a surgeon performing an open procedure. To see inside the body during an MIS procedure, the surgeon may use any of the following tools and techniques:
Minimally invasive surgery procedures include:
Not all neurosurgeons perform minimally invasive surgery; its cutting-edge tools and techniques require special training and expertise. Dr. Paul McCormick is highly trained and experienced with minimally invasive tools and techniques.
If you have any questions about surgical procedures for the spine, contact his office for information.
Helpful Surgery Overviews
Dr. McCormick will choose the treatment method specific to each patient and situation. Some of the condition’s treatment options may be listed below.
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