What is minimally invasive spine (MIS) surgery?

Minimally invasive spine (MIS) surgery uses techniques to minimise the trauma of surgery. These improve outcomes compared with traditional techniques by reducing post operative pain and improving recovery, leading to shorter hospital admissions and a faster return to normal function. Surgery is performed through small incisions with minimal disruption to the muscles that support the spine. Thanks to advancements in spine surgery technology, these procedures have become increasingly safe.

Do all spine conditions require surgery?

Most conditions affecting the spine can be managed without surgery. Non operative treatment may include exercise therapy, lifestyle modification, medications and injections. Dr Dawes will assess the suitability for surgery and if not required, will help guide you through non-operative management. He works collaboratively with physicians, pain specialists and allied health specialists to provide holistic care to his patients. 

What spine conditions can be treated with MIS surgery?

When surgery is indicated, most conditions affecting the spine can be treated with minimally invasive techniques. These include disc herniations, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis (slip), degenerative disc disease and spine tumours. Dr Dawes will assess your suitability for minimally invasive techniques.  

What technologies are employed in MIS surgery?

Safety in surgery is paramount. Numerous innovative technologies have been developed to minimise risks and improve outcomes in spine surgery. These include intraoperative imaging (CT scan), spinal navigation, neuromonitoring (monitoring of spinal nerves) and spinal robotics. Dr Dawes regularly uses the latest technologies to ensure the best results for his patients. 

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