Which type of spine surgery has a greater success rate?
Each type of back surgery comes with its own risks and benefits, with spinal fusion being the most commonly performed. The chance of success depends on your specific problem, your health, your medical history and your everyday habits.
Minimally invasive spine surgery was first performed in the 1980s and was developed as an alternative to traditional open surgery in order to treat disorders with less disruption to the muscles. Contrary to open surgery, MIS requires only a small incision. Thus, the patients experience less blood loss and quicker recovery, returning to normal function in a shorter period of time.
Although minimally invasive spine surgery has a number of benefits that open surgery does not provide, the potential benefits of it should always be weighed carefully against its risks. A large percentage of patients who had MIS reported significant symptom and pain relief, but there is no guarantee that surgery can help every individual.