Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS)

Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is a philosophy based around the concept of obtaining the same results as traditional spine surgery but with less disruption of the natural soft tissues that surround the spine. This results in smaller incisions, less blood loss, lower infection rates, and faster recovery. Advances in technology and surgical technique allow patients get relief from nerve and/or spinal pain while minimizing many of the risks and prolonged recovery time that often come to mind when patients think of traditional spine surgery.

What are the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery

  • Smaller incisions (scars)
  • Reduced chance of infection
  • Decreased blood loss
  • Less post-operative pain
  • Faster recovery
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker return to work and normal activities

Minimally invasive procedures:

  • Minimalluy Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (MIS TLIF)
  • Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (LLIF)
  • Mini-open Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (mini-open ALIF)
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
  • Microdiscectomy

Is Minimally Invasive Surgery Right for Me?

Prior to developing a final surgical plan, Dr. Murray will examine his patients and review all pertinent diagnostic tests which may include Xrays, CT scans, and MRIs. Dr. Murray attempts to use minimally invasive surgical technqiues whenever possible. However, these techniques are not suitable for all patients and all spinal problems. As a result Dr. Murray tailors a surgical plan that is unique for each patient.

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Northwestern University
  • Emory Univercity
  • Society of Lateral Access Surgery (SOLAS)
  • Penn Medicine
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons