Hospital for Special Surgery has led the way in developing new techniques for minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Minimally invasive spine surgery is a "muscle-sparing" approach that speeds up recovery periods while achieving the best possible outcomes.
MIS for the spine uses customized instruments, imaging technology and incisions. These incisions are often smaller than in other forms of surgery. However, the size of the first incision on the skin's surface is not the most important part of the process. More important are the techniques and instruments that allow the surgeon to "tunnel" beneath the muscles and ligaments that surround the spine, while still safely and effectively treating a person's spine condition.
See also Surgery - Back/Neck/Spine.