Minimally Invasive Open Surgery for Discectomy is a surgical treatment of the prolapsed (herniated) spinal disc by using a small incision technique without using an endoscope or camera. The pressure on the tissue, muscle and bone around the affected area is going to be minimal. The orthopedic surgeon must be a specialist on spine anatomy who will put the incision on the skin in a correct starting point to precisely get to the vertebrate with just a small wound size – only 1–2 cm per bone pillow or vertebrate. This procedure gently pushes through the tissue into the innermost layer of the bone disc to ensure that the tissue is only bruised to the minimum.
The operation uses a modern technology instrument called Flu X-ray (the real time x-ray), a fiber optic headlight (high powered lamp) and a very small surgical knife. The instrument helps reduce the incision size as well as the duration of the surgical procedure.
The benefits of MIS are:
- Less pain
- Less blood loss
- Shorter recovery time & hospital stay
This MIS technique may not be possible if the patient is overweight, or with thick or crooked waistline and backbone.