In the past, the idea of minimally invasive spine surgery seemed like a medical fantasy. Traditional, open lumbar back surgery required a minimum incision of five to six inches and a lengthy recovery time. Plus, there were nasty side effects — blood loss, risk of infection, muscle damage, prolonged pain, and up to a week or more spent in a hospital bed.
But in 2015, minimally invasive spine surgery techniques have progressed so far that many doctors now refer to it as spinal day surgery. For patients with low back pain or neck pain, MISS provides an outpatient alternative to open surgery. Not only can you avoid a large scar and extended hospital stay, but you can recover relat