Advantages of MIS


dr. k. samer shamieh and dr. Jeremy R. James in surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Surgery, then Home the Same Day

The DISC of Louisiana Team uses state of the art minimally invasive surgery (MIS) techniques and instruments to help patients recover in a shorter period of time and return home more quickly. Aided by new technology and advanced imaging techniques, Minimally Invasive Surgery allows our spine surgeons to safely and accurately visualize the spinal anatomy without the need for larger incisions.

In minimally invasive surgery, a smaller incision is made, sometimes only ½ inch in length. The spine surgeon inserts special surgical instruments through these tiny incisions to access the damaged disc. Entry and repair to the damaged disc or vertebrae is achieved without harming nearby muscles and tissues.

Minimally invasive surgery of the spine includes numerous advanced techniques and technologies.  To learn more about how New Orleans Spine Surgeon, K. Samer Shamieh, MD and Northshore Spine Surgeon Jeremy R. James, MD improve each patient’s experience, click the topics below:

Advantages of minimally invasive surgery

Less Post-Operative Pain

MIS procedures cause less post-operative pain and discomfort. Studies have shown that patients undergoing MIS procedures report less pain and require smaller doses of pain relievers than patients undergoing traditional surgeries.

Minimize Scarring

MIS procedures require smaller incisions — which means smaller, less noticeable scars. The scars that do form as a result of MIS typically have a less jagged edge — giving them a more appealing look.

Reduce Blood Loss

Most traditional surgeries require a long incision. This incision usually has to be made through muscle. Muscle needs a significant time to heal after surgery. Because there are no long incisions in MIS, surgeons often do not have to cut through muscles to complete the procedure — leading to less tissue damage and quicker recovery.

Reduced Risk of Infection

Incisions expose patients to infection. Because of the significantly smaller incisions in MIS, the risk of post-op infections also drop significantly.

Shorten Hospital Stay

Minimally invasive surgery means you’ll have a shorter hospital stay and a quicker return to normal activities. Patients who undergo MIS procedures are usually able to go home sooner. In many cases, the patient is able to return to normal activities and work more quickly.

Improve Function

Muscle needs a significant time to heal after surgery. Because there are no long incisions in MIS, surgeons often do not have to cut through muscles to complete the procedure — leading to less tissue damage, minimal pain and a quicker recovery.

Innovative Technology

Minimally invasive surgery has a higher accuracy rate for most spinal procedures. Because MIS procedures use video-assisted equipment, New Orleans Spine Surgeon, K. Samer Shamieh, MD and Northshore Spine Surgeon Jeremy R. James, MD can better visualization the spinal structure and surrounding tissue. For back surgery and neck surgery candidates, this translates into a more accurate and definitive procedure.