We will start this article with quote of world renowned spinal surgeon, pioneer of minimally-invasive surgery who shared his techniques and educated hundreds of surgeons worldwide, dr. Martin Knight from The Spinal Foundation (United Kingdom).
“Don’t be confused by clinics offering Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS) which by definition has an incision of less than 7.5mm, when they really mean Less Invasive Spinal Surgery (LISS) which uses an incision(s) which amount to 20 – 80mm.”
What dr. Martin Knight is trying to say? True minimally-invasive spinal surgical techniques are exactly – endoscopic (which by definition has an incision of less than 7.5mm). With minimally-invasive endoscopic surgical techniques, surgeons are able to treat variety of spinal diseases like:
Less-invasive spinal surgeries (which by definition have an incision from 15-80mm) are for example this surgical procedures:
Usually, this are good surgical procedures when performed by minimally-invasive spinal surgery, in comparison to traditional surgical procedurs.
This surgeries are not minimally-invasive and will never be minimally-invasive. However, they can be performed with some principles of minimally-invasive concept with result of shorter hospitalization, less blood loss, etc. They are not minimally-invasive because they are somehow drastic and aggressive. For example:
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