Am I A Candidate for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS) provides patients with an alternative to traditional open spinal surgery. Many patients are well aware of the benefits associated with MISS, but they are not sure if the procedure is right for their condition.

The information provided in this post may be used as a general guide. The definitive way to determine MISS candidacy is to make an appointment with one of the Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Spine Surgeons at New Jersey Spinal Medicine and Surgery.

MISS Candidates

The most common conditions treated by MISS include the following:

  • A herniated disc. A condition characterized by an intervertebral disc protruding, slipping, or bulging into the spinal canal and pinching or compressing a spinal nerve root. Symptoms include pain, weakness, and numbness in the spine and/or lower extremities.
  • Spinal stenosis. A condition characterized by the narrowing of the spinal canal that results in compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots. Spinal stenosis is commonly caused by osteoarthritis.
  • Spondylolisthesis. A condition characterized by the displacement of a vertebra. Spondylolisthesis can occur due to overuse. It is most commonly seen in athletes and active individuals.

Patients with these conditions are candidates for MISS when conditions reach severe stages and/or produce severe symptoms.

In many cases, candidates are patients who have tried nonsurgical treatment options but have not experienced symptom relief. These options include rest, activity modification, medication(s), physical therapy and injections.

A Consultation With One of Our Spine Specialists

A one-on-one consultation with one of our Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeons includes a complete medical history review, a physical and neurological examination, medical imaging studies and a discussion regarding your treatment goals.

The specialists at New Jersey Spinal Medicine and Surgery will create a customized treatment plan. Should you be a candidate for MISS and elect to have a procedure, your specialist will walk you through every step of the process. All of your questions will be answered and your concerns will be addressed.

Please do not delay a diagnosis. Contact us today to see if you’re a candidate.

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