Conditions and Treatments

Why Choose 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.

Minimally Invasive Advantages

Less cutting, less pain

Minimally invasive techniques require less cutting and disruption of muscles allowing for a faster return to both work and recreational activities.

More experience, better results

With over 4,000 minimally invasive procedures performed, Dr. Singh's experience leads to a decreased risk of infection. In fact, Dr. Singh's infection rate is less than 1%.

Small incisions, smaller scars

Because minimally invasive spine surgery utilizes advanced techniques and surgical instruments, incisions made are smaller and less noticeable after surgery compared to traditional open back surgery.

No Lengthy Hospital Stay

Outpatient procedures mean you can start your recovery at home instead of spending multiple nights in a hospital.

Less Pain, Fewer Opioids

Minimally invasive spine surgery decreases post-operative pain, so patients are not dependent upon narcotic medication. Dr. Singh develops custom anesthesia protocols for each patient based on their medical history to limit the use of pain medication both during and after surgery.