Minimally Invasive Surgery

Traditional, open lumbar surgeries performed with a 5- to 6-inch incision create many potential sources for damage to normal tissue: the muscle dissection and retraction required to uncover the spine (which contributes to the formation of scar tissue), the need for blood vessel cauterization, and the necessity of bone removal.

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) was developed to treat disorders of the spine with less disruption to the muscles. Not all patients are appropriate candidates for MIS procedures, but for those who are, the technique can result in quicker recovery, decreased operative blood loss, and faster patient return to normal function. 

Many MIS procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis. In some cases, we may require a hospital stay, typically less than 24 hours to 2 days, depending on the procedure.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

  • Smaller incisions
  • Smaller scars/less scar tissue
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Less pain
  • Less soft tissue damage
  • Reduced muscle retraction
  • Decreased postoperative narcotics
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Possibility of performing on outpatient basis
  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to work and activities

High Mountain Brain and Spinal Surgery Center is the only center offering MIS in the Western Slope.

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