Minimally invasive spine

Minimally invasive spine

Surgery is overall become less invasive with time, and the spine is no exception. With the advent of new instrumentation and improved imaging technique, there has been a progressive uptake in minimally invasive spine surgery (MIS) in recent years. Although MIS technique has been proposed as early as the 1980s, strong clinical evidence to support its potential benefits is still being formulated and assessed. Early and lower-quality evidence suggests MIS is associated with less blood loss, less pain and reduced hospital stay. However, long-term benefit compared with traditional open approaches is not clear.

We are proud to present another specialised focused issue in MIS. There is a need for further higher quality data to fully assess the risks and benefits of MIS, and this JSS issue may help add a small piece to the puzzle. Of course, further randomized trials and objective data capture will be necessary to demonstrate outcomes between various techniques. We are grateful for the authors and contributions to this special issue. We hope you this focussed issue and hope it further stimulates research in this exciting area.


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Ralph J. Mobbs1,2,3

1NeuroSpine Surgery Research Group (NSURG), Sydney, Australia; 2Neurospine Clinic, Prince of Wales Private Hospital, Randwick, Australia; 3Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

Kevin Phan4

4NeuroSpine Surgery Research Group (NSURG), Prince of Wales Private Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Submitted May 10, 2020. Accepted for publication Jun 15, 2020.

doi: 10.21037/jss-20-618

Cite this article as: Mobbs RJ, Phan K. Minimally invasive spine. J Spine Surg 2020;6(2):E1-E2. doi: 10.21037/jss-20-618