Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Specialist

Comprehensive NeuroSpine

Carlos Casas, M.D.

Board Certified Neurosurgeon specializing in the Spine with offices in Hollywood and Boca Raton, FL. Credentialed in several Hospitals and Surgery Centers in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Minimally invasive spine surgery is one of the leading solutions to relieving neck or back pain. Dr. Carlos Casas at Comprehensive NeuroSpine is committed to providing expert care to the men and women suffering from spinal cord injury or complications, utilizing the most minimally invasive surgery possible. Make an appointment online or call today to learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive spine surgery?

Dr. Casas recommends minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) when nonsurgical treatments, such as medications and physical therapy, haven’t yielded positive results and when your symptoms persist over a six-to-12-month period.

MISS stabilizes the vertebral bones and spinal joints without the risk of damaging the surrounding tissue or permanently affecting your spine. You should consider minimally invasive surgery if you suffer from:

  • A herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal deformities
  • Spinal instability
  • Fractured vertebra
  • Spinal tumors
  • An infection in the spine


Some of the benefits of MISS compared with traditional surgery include, but are not limited to:

  • Faster recovery time
  • Less blood loss
  • Reduced risk of muscle damage and infection
  • Decreased need for pain medication


Are you a good candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery?

You’re a good candidate for MISS if you have:

  • Back pain that prohibits you from doing basic daily activities
  • Continued pain after an accident
  • Seen no results from nonsurgical treatment options
  • Constant numbness in your arms, hands, legs, or feet
  • Already had non-effective traditional surgery


What are the risks of minimally invasive spine surgery?

Like any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with minimally invasive spine surgery. The common risks are as follows:

  • Infection after the surgery
  • Excess bleeding
  • Nerve damage
  • Blood clot formation
  • Complications as a result of anesthesia
  • Spinal fluid leakage
  • Insufficient results
  • Pain at the graft site


How long is the recovery?

Minimally invasive spinal surgery can be done as an outpatient procedure, which means that you can go home the day of your surgery unless there were complications during the procedure.

Usually, recovery takes around six full weeks. During this time you might experience any of the following:

  • Pain in the affected area
  • Fluid leakage around the incision


Contact Dr. Casas immediately if either of these symptoms worsens.

Dr. Casas prefers to opt for the nonsurgical option, but sometimes various therapies don’t have the same effects as MISS. To learn more about how a minimally invasive approach can help eliminate pain, contact Comprehensive NeuroSpine today by phone or online to book an appointment.