Article Abstract

Minimally invasive spine surgery for degenerative spine disease and deformity correction: a literature review

Authors: Marios G. Lykissas, Dionysios Giannoulis


During the last two decades, minimally invasive techniques and instruments in spine surgery have undergone serious development in all fields. Specific advantages of these minimally invasive methods have put them forward in spine surgery in recent times. Preservation of important anatomical structures of the spine is a major factor for the evolution of these procedures. The lower prevalence of complications and faster rehabilitation of patients are some of the advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS). Due to the increasing use of minimally invasive methods in the clinical practice worldwide, there is a strong need for clarification of basic principles, tips and tricks, complications, and clinical outcomes. This review is an effort to provide a better understanding of some of these procedures.