Deseret News wrote that endoscopic spinal surgery need not be only for the physically fit people struggling with severe pain issues relating to spinal compression. This type of surgery expands opportunities for certain patients, those that are older or a little bit frailer and for whom a small surgery and quicker recovery makes sense, particularly when doing an open procedure has greater risks.
Endoscopic spinal surgery is limited in scope to primarily disc herniations and the narrowing of the spinal cord, which is essentially like an open procedure but done with smaller tools, which means it takes longer. With an endoscope, you don’t need to remove things to see, and you can achieve a decompression of the spine that removes less bone.
Advantages to having endoscopic spinal surgery are that it is done under local anesthetic with a skin incision of only 5-10mm length, which is significantly less invasive than open spine surgery. The pain relief is immediate or within a few hours after the surgery. And, it allows the patient to return home within 24 hours after the operation so much less risk of developing any complications.
The BMI Healthcare group which list MISS (minimally invasive spinal surgery) write about MISS as minimally invasive spinal surgery that early treatment is the most practical, successful and cost-effective solution to back pain. Back pain is caused by a number of different conditions, many of which can be diagnosed and treated by our team of highly specialised consultant surgeons and physiotherapists.
MISS allows treatment for a greater variety of conditions for patients of a wider age and infirmity range unlike previously where none could be offered. Minimally invasive spine surgery is very promising and has the distinct advantage of all endoscopic surgery (avoiding soft tissue and bone trauma). It gives the patient a much faster recovery, with a reduced surgical risk.