Minimally invasive spine surgery is the strategy of using ports and precision guidance to access specific portions of the spine. The upside is less dissection, less recovery time and less of an incision. Even then, standard open procedures may be not significantly more of an incision, and less internal dissection. In our opinion, the surgeon should choose which cases are performed minimally and which cases are handled open, based on comfort and results-oriented goals.  Studies suggest that open decompression may fare slightly better to minimally invasive approaches. Medtronics® (Minneapolis, MN)

Dr. Ken Hansraj Chief of Spine Surgery New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine