Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is the most advanced approach to treating back and neck pain. If you’re in pain and nothing seems to help, visit MISS specialist Joseph Weinstein, DO, of Comprehensive Orthopedic & Spine Care in New York City. Dr. Weinstein has offices in the Upper East Side and Rego Park in Queens, where he evaluates your condition and makes sure you’re a good candidate for MISS. Call Comprehensive Orthopedic & Spine Care today or book an appointment online to see if you could benefit from minimally invasive spine surgery.
When performing MISS, Dr. Weinstein makes one or more small cuts to access your spine. Through these incisions, he makes repairs to reduce or relieve back and neck pain.
Traditional spine surgery requires large incisions that cut into your muscles. The extensive tissue damage can cause considerable pain after surgery. It also takes you longer to recover. MISS causes far less damage than open surgery, which means:
Dr. Weinstein specializes in MISS, using the most advanced techniques to treat neck and back pain successfully.
Dr. Weinstein might recommend MISS if you have back or neck pain, and other treatments aren’t helping. Conditions that might require MISS include:
The first treatments for these conditions include physical therapy and medication. Advanced treatments for pain that isn’t improving include epidural steroid injections and radiofrequency ablation.
If you’ve had these treatments but are still suffering from back or neck pain, MISS could be the solution.
MISS requires a general anesthetic (so you’re asleep during the operation) or a regional anesthetic that numbs the surgical site and a sedative to keep you relaxed. The place where Dr. Weinstein makes the first incision depends on his approach. Choices include your side (lateral approach), back (posterior approach), or front (anterior approach).
For many minimally invasive surgeries, Dr. Weinstein uses a laser to make the incisions. The laser cuts your tissue using light energy instead of a blade like a traditional scalpel.
Dr. Weinstein inserts hollow tubes (retractors) into the incisions. The retractors push your muscles aside, forming a channel to your spine rather than cutting the tissues. This technique makes your recovery faster and easier.
Dr. Weinstein might use an endoscope (a tiny camera on a flexible tube) or a surgical microscope to see your spine in detail. He uses specialized instruments that fit into the channels made by the retractors.
Using MISS techniques, Dr. Weinstein can do surgeries that include:
Discectomy removes a damaged disc from between your vertebrae. Microdiscectomy is the partial removal of disc material pressing on spinal nerves.
Decompression surgeries include laminotomy and corpectomy. They involve removing portions of the bones in your spine to widen the spinal canal.
Fusion joins two or more vertebrae together permanently. You might need fusion after discectomy or decompression to stabilize your spine. An alternative to fusion is artificial disc replacement.
Recovery time following MISS depends on the surgery you have, your age, and your general health. But you should find you’re mobile and pain-free far more quickly than you would after open surgery.
Call Comprehensive Orthopedic & Spine Care today or book an appointment online to learn more about MISS and benefit from Dr. Weinstein’s expertise.