Traditionally lumbar, or lower back, spine surgery has been performed “open”. This means that a fairly long incision (multiple inches) is made along the middle of the spine. This inevitably extends above and below the intended level to be operated. However, minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for the lumbar spine has been developed to avoid many of the complications of low back surgery. Everyone knows someone who has undergone unsuccessful spine surgery and either has continued pain and problems or required more surgery. This is what has given spine surgery a poor reputation. Minimally invasive lumbar spine surgery hopes to rewrite this narrative.
Many different procedures can be performed using minimally invasive techniques. Rocky Mountain Brain and Spine Institute use the minimally invasive surgical technique in decompression procedures, fusion procedures, tumor resection, and scoliosis correction.