MISS is the latest advanced technology available to perform spinal surgeries through small, less than one inch long, incisions. It involves the use of special surgical instruments, devices and advanced imaging techniques to visualize and perform the surgery through such small incisions.
Imaging techniques such as computed tomography and fluoroscopy may be integrated into the system to facilitate pre-operative planning of the surgery, where a series of images taken before the surgery are displayed on a screen, with which your surgeon matches his/her moves intraoperatively.
A nerve root block is a minimally invasive technique which assists in diagnosing the cause and providing treatment from pain resulting from nerve root irritation. It can be used to treat pain in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.
Spine injections are usually recommended for treatment of chronic back or neck pain. Injection of certain medicinal agents relieves pain by blocking the nerve signals between specific areas of the body and the brain. The treatment approach may involve injection of local anaesthetics, steroids, or other medications in the vicinity of the affected spinal joints, nerve roots or soft tissues.
The spine has three gentle curves, when viewed from the side and appears to be straight when viewed from the front. When these curves are exaggerated or pronounced, problems can occur such as back pain, breathing difficulties, and fatigue. Common spinal deformities include scoliosis, lordosis and kyphosis.