Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Dr Steel has been practicing and teaching minimally invasive spine surgery techniques as a consultant for 16 years. He routinely uses minimally invasive techniques and percutaneous approaches for all patients in whom it is suitable. In some cases, a person’s condition makes keyhole spine surgery impossible. This is discussed with each patient on an individual basis at the time of consultation.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery helps to minimise post-operative pain, allows patients to be discharged from hospital earlier, and return to their normal activities sooner because there is less disruption to the spinal muscles.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS) means using the smallest incision and exposure or access port possible. Dr Steel helped pioneer the use of minimally invasive techniques in spine surgery and uses them on virtually all his patients. This allows less pain, fewer complications and faster recovery from the surgery. Many Patient can even go home the day of their operation.
Dr Steel performs this surgery by using x-ray guidance and stereotactic navigation to make one or more small incisions to gain access to the spine. He forms a tunnel by passing dilating tubular retractors down to the area of the spine that needs to be operated on. When the final retractor is secured Dr Steel uses specialised bayoneted instruments and a microscope to perform the surgery.
Minimally invasive spine surgery can range from decompressions and discectomies through to multi-level instrumented spine fusions and corrective reconstruction. In comparison, traditional open spine surgery require a bigger incision and more disruption to the spinal muscles. This can cause increased soft tissue retraction, which generates more pain after the operation.