The Minimally Invasive Spine Study Group (MISSG) is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization with a vision to improve and expand the current body of research focused on minimally invasive surgery (MIS). MISSG’s goal is to bring together spinal surgeons specializing in MIS techniques from all over the country, with the intention of collecting data into a comprehensive database that can be used for both retrospective and prospective studies. The research performed through MISSG is intended to expand the field of MIS so that our physicians can continue to bring top-quality treatment and care to patients all across the country.
Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery is performed to treat disease occurring in various parts of brain, spinal cord or skull base through a small opening. Diseased area may require repair, removal and in the worst cases replacement which is being done through neurosurgery. Neurosurgical device used for the visualization purpose inside the human brain or spinal cord is known as “Endoscope” which is kind of a small microscope inserted through minimal invasion. Endoscope helps in magnifying critical anatomical structure and assist the surgeon in the treatment. Endoscopic neurosurgery requires minimal incision thus it is also known as “Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery”. Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery avoids complication post-surgery, leads to faster recovery, minimal scarring/pain and high accuracy. Recent advancement in endoscope design produced endoscopes that are compact, more efficient with improved resolution and better illumination than the earlier devices.