Minimally invasive spinal surgery (MISS)

Minimally invasive spinal surgery (MISS) uses very small incisions, which typically range from 5 to 15mm, and is much less invasive compared with traditional surgery.

MISS is often used to treat back and neck problems, such as:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Vertebral compression fractures

It may also be used for the shoulders and legs.

These procedures are faster, safer, and require less recovery time as compared to open spine surgeries. As MISS requires smaller incisions, it can avoid damage to the surrounding tissue and results in less pain after the surgery.


The exact procedure will depend on your condition but normally your surgeon will make small incisions into your skin to access the affected area. Tiny surgical instruments and a camera (either a fluoroscope or endoscope) will be passed through these incisions to allow the surgeons to operate. Images from the camera will be displayed on a monitor to guide the surgeons through the process.

The benefits of MISS include shorter recovery time, minimal scarring, fewer complications and reduced haemorrhaging during the procedure. Your consultant will advise you on whether MISS is suitable for your condition.


EIDO Healthcare Limited – The operation and treatment information on this website is produced using information from EIDO Healthcare Ltd and is licensed by Aspen Healthcare. 

The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.

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