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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery


What is minimally invasive spine surgery?

Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is a type of surgery on the bones of your spine (backbone). This type of surgery uses smaller incisions than standard surgery. This often causes less harm to nearby muscles and other tissues. It can lead to less pain and faster recovery after surgery.

The standard method of spine surgery is called open surgery. This uses a long incision down the back. The muscles and soft tissue around the spine would need to be moved away. In some cases, tissue would need to be removed.

Why might I need minimally invasive spine surgery?

Most people who have back pain will not need surgery. Your healthcare provider might advise spine surgery if you have a back problem that hasn't gotten better with another treatment, such as medicine or physical therapy. If you still have a lot of pain, surgery on your spine might fix the problem. Spine surgery can’t fix all types of back problems, though. Your healthcare provider will only advise spine surgery if you have a type of problem that surgery may help. This includes conditions such as:

  • Herniated disk

  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)

  • Spinal deformities (like scoliosis)

  • Spinal instability

  • Spondylolysis (a defect in part of a lower vertebrae)

  • Fractured vertebra

  • Removal of a tumor in the spine

  • Infection in the spine


Dr. Paul Davis
Dr. Davis graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He served four years in the U.S. Army Signal Corps after being commissioned a Second Lieutenant, attaining the rank of Captain before resigning to attend Medical School. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Davis completed a General Surgery internship at Albany Medical Center Hospital in Albany, New York, followed by a Neurological Surgery residency there. He served as Chief Resident for a year and a half. Dr. Davis specializes in minimally invasive and complex spine surgery. 

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