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Understand Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Is everyone suitable for MIS surgery?

No. There are many factors to consider including age, weight, lifestyle and procedure required. This must all be discussed with your spine surgeon. Typically the following groups of people are not candidates for Minimally Invasive Surgery:

  • unstable medical conditions that may lead to a higher risk of complications
  • prior spine surgery in the same location

What should I do to prepare for surgery?

Your doctor will perform a clinical examination and possibly a few tests prior to surgery to see if you are a candidate for the procedure. These may include an MRI, discography, CT scan and X-rays. Tell your surgeon what medications you are taking and ask if you should stop taking them before your operation. If you smoke, stop smoking as this slows the ability of bone to grow and repair adequately.

To make your recovery easier, prepare your home for life after surgery. Arrange for someone to help you at home after surgery. You’ll most likely be told not to eat or drink the night before the surgery.

What can I typically expect after surgery?

After the operation, you may experience pain at the site of the surgery. Your surgeon may prescribe pain or anti-inflammatory medication. Take it as directed.

You will normally go through a postoperative care program with instructions to help you recover from the surgery. It is extremely important that you follow the rehabilitation guidelines given to you by your surgeon.

How can I learn more?

Your spine surgeon will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have.

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