Conditions and Treatments

Why Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery?

First performed in the 1980s, minimally invasive spinal surgery (MIS) was introduced to offer patients less disruptive and less painful surgical solutions for many spinal disorders. The field continues to make rapid advances and allows Dr. Singh to be among the Midwest’s most experienced spine surgeon to treat an ever-evolving list of spinal disorders including:

What is minimally invasive spine surgery?

Minimally invasive spinal surgery is less disruptive than traditional open-back (lumbar) surgery. In addition to incisions that are large as 5 to 6 inches in length, traditional open surgery has the potential for significant blood loss, greater risk of infection and long hospital stays that can last up to a week. Open surgery also increases the potential to damage normal tissue as surgeons have to cut or move healthy muscles and soft tissue out of the way in order to access the spine. In minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr. Singh relies on specialized instruments and tubes that allow access to the spine through small incisions only 1-2 inches long. Microscopes allow for magnification and exacting precision during the surgery.

Back to living, pain free

Less disruption to the muscles means a faster recovery and return to both work and recreational activities.

Small incisions, less cutting

Minimally invasive treatments use innovative techniques and instruments to minimize the size and amount of cutting needed during the procedure. This means less blood loss and less post-operative pain compared to traditional, open neck and back surgery.

Reduced Opioid Use

Minimally invasive surgery means less pain resulting in less dependence on narcotics after surgery. Dr. Singh develops personalized anesthesia protocols for each patient in an effort to reduce the need for pain medication during and after surgery.