What Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

Minimally invasive spine surgery is surgery on the neck or back that uses the latest technological advances in microsurgery to minimize the disruption to the spine and surrounding soft tissue structures caused by traditional "open" surgery.

In minimally invasive spine surgery, the muscles that overlay your spine are not cut but simply spread out of the way, and a small tube is docked onto the spine. Through this tube, your doctor uses endoscopes, intraoperative microscopes, and other specialized tools to conduct the surgery. At the completion of the procedure, the tube is removed and the muscles return to their original position.

Tube on Spine
Tube docked onto the spine.

Other tools used in minimally invasive spine surgery include X-ray and computer navigation, which allow doctors to perform extensive surgeries through very small incisions.

The goals of minimally invasive spine surgery are the same as those of traditional open spine surgery but with many potential added benefits:

  • Smaller incision
  • Less muscle tearing
  • Less blood loss
  • Decreased risk of postoperative infections
  • Quicker recovery time

We can help

For an appointment with a physician who performs minimally invasive spine surgery, please call The Mount Sinai Health System at 1-800-MD-SINAI (800-637-4624). We are conveniently located on the Upper East Side of New York City.


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