For back and neck conditions that do not respond satisfactorily to nonsurgical treatment, minimally invasive spine surgery may be the next step. Compared with conventional “open” surgery, minimally invasive surgery offers many advantages.
First, these techniques only require a very small incision, sometimes as tiny as a half-inch long. This results in less disruption to surrounding tissues and muscles than conventional surgery with longer incisions. Most patients undergoing minimally invasive surgery can go home the same day.