Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery + Comprehensive Recovery Programs in London for faster recovery and long term relief from back & neck pain!

Traditionally, back surgeries are done as open procedures, meaning that the entire area being operated on is opened with a long incision so the surgeon can view and access the spine.


However, advances in spine surgery have made it possible for doctors to effectively operate using smaller incisions. This kind of procedure is called minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS).


The biggest benefits of the minimally invasive procedure are less time in the hospital, shorter recovery time, and less pain!


In minimally invasive surgery, a spine surgeon makes one or more small incisions (about ½ inch each) through your skin. A small metal tube or endoscope is placed through the incision to allow the surgeon to work through a smaller operative field. Working through smaller incisions causes much less damage to muscles and soft tissues than a single long incision.


Mr Rajesh is skillful practitioner of Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS). He firmly believes in minimal tissue dissection, faster recovery, and early return to normal activities of daily living.


Feel free to talk to the expert spine surgeon in London, Dr Mangattil Rajesh. He listens patiently and will answer all your questions.


2 to 4 hours


Same day return to home upto 3 days.


2 - 4 weeks

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Services


Minimally invasive spine surgery involves trying to apply the same principles of open surgery, but making as little damage as possible to the tissues. The procedure avoids large dissections and uses small incisions to access the spinal column.


You will be brought to the anaesthetic room and the Consultant Anaesthetist and his team will make sure that you are very relaxed before the procedure. You will gradually drift off to sleep. We will gently turn you over so that you lie flat on your tummy.


You may be given antibiotics before and after the surgery. This is to help prevent infection.


During the procedure, Mr Mangattil Rajesh will use a special type of X-ray to view the surgery.


Mr Rajesh makes a small incision on your back in the area that needs to be treated. With the use of a tubular retractor & microscope, he gains access to the spinal canal.


Mr Rajesh will then make the needed repairs to the spine.


When the repairs are done, the surgical incision or incisions are closed with stitches, glue, or staples. A small bandage is put on the wound.


Patients who undergo minimally invasive spine surgery tend to recover much faster than those who have traditional open spine surgery.


One of the biggest benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery is the short recovery time!


You can expect to return home in two to three days after an average minimally invasive procedure.


After the procedure, your Consultant anaesthetist will arrange transfer from the operating theatre into the recovery room.


After you are fully awake, you will be then transferred to your room. Later in the day, the physiotherapist and the spinal specialist nurse will help you to sit up in bed. On the following day, you will be made to take a few steps and walk if comfortable.


Once Mr Rajesh and his team are satisfied with your progress you will be discharged with a clear set of instructions to follow. You will be expected to stay in hospital for a period of 1 to 2 days.


If you have a sedentary job, you can get back to work within a week or two.

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What are the benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

Traditional open spine surgery requires a larger incision & muscle stripping which leads to longer hospitalisation, increased recovery time and related complications.


Whereas Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery offers several advantages over open surgery, including:


  • Small incision and minimal scar tissue formation
  • Less blood loss during surgery.
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Less anaesthesia.
  • Less damage to the surrounding soft tissues & muscles
  • Shorter recovery time (a few days/weeks/months vs up to a year).
  • Faster recovery & Quick return to normal activities
  • Less post-operative pain
  • Highly improved aesthetic results (a few tiny scars vs one large scar).
  • Reduction of Intensive Care Unit and hospital stay (a few days vs about a week).
  • Reduced risk of infection.
  • Lesser use of pain medication.
  • Improves postoperative lung function.
  • Improvement of the quality of life.
  • Reduction of the need for cardiac rehabilitation for hospitalised patients.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

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Types of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

People often have the question about what types of spine surgeries can be performed using a minimally invasive spine surgery approach. Many types of spine surgeries can be performed using a minimally invasive approach. Some of the most common minimally invasive spine surgeries include:


1) Microdiscectomy:
Microdiscectomy surgery is used to treat patients who have pinched nerves in their spinal columns. Pinched nerves in the spinal column can cause pain in the back and legs. The procedure is done by removing a small portion of the bone over the nerve root to relieve root compression.


2) Laminectomy:
Laminectomy is also a surgery that relieves pressure on the nerve roots in the spine, where a section of bone is removed from the vertebrae to relieve pressure. Laminectomies are performed to relieve compression caused by spinal stenosis.


3) Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion
Spinal fusion can also be done as minimally invasive surgery. Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion is performed to fuse two or more bones in the spine. Conditions that may benefit from spinal fusion include:

    • Spinal stenosis
    • Degenerative disc disease
    • Spondylolisthesis


4) Deformity corrections, such as for scoliosis and kyphosis.


5) Decompression of spinal tumours.


6) Repair and stabilisation of vertebral compression fractures.


If you are a candidate for one of these procedures, minimally invasive spine surgery helps you spend less time in the hospital, have a shorter recovery time, and less pain, compared to the traditional spine surgery!

Frequently Asked Questions

For a Minimally invasive spine surgery such as a transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, success rates range from 60 to 70%, with an 80% satisfaction rate for patients. For minimally invasive spine surgeries like posterior lumbar interbody fusion procedures, patients have experienced a 90 to 95% successful fusion rate.

Compared to open spine surgeries, MISS has achieved more in terms of success rate!

Minimally invasive spine surgeries tend to cut recovery time in half as compared to traditional open surgeries. With minimally invasive spine surgeries, patients can be sent home the day of surgery are often back to work after two weeks. On average, recovery for minimally invasive spine surgeries can take up to four to six weeks.

Yes. Compared with traditional open surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery results in less pain, less damage to muscle tissues, a faster recovery, shorter hospital stay and return to work and daily activities.

Minimally invasive spine surgery is basically a surgical procedure done using small incisions (cuts) and few stitches. During minimally invasive spine surgery, one or more small incisions may be made in the body. A thin, tube-like instrument with a light and a lens for viewing are inserted through one opening to guide the surgery.

Insurance Affiliations

Spine Surgeon London is authorised by all major Insurance companies. We offer seamless and world class treatment for your Back pain or Neck pain. We accept all major Insurances. We are fee assured with the following private medical insurers:

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