Eight out of 10 Americans experience neck or back pain during their lives. In the past, surgical treatments for spine conditions were often as much a source of fear and pain as the conditions themselves. Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) has changed this forever.

The surgeons at MedStar Montgomery have extensive training and experience in performing microscopic and minimally invasive spine surgery. MISS is more than just a smaller incision, it a utilization of a tubular retractor system. The goal of surgery is the same as traditional spine surgery. This type of surgery achieves the goals of surgery while maximizing preservation of normal anatomy. MISS is not performed everywhere because it requires specialized training and expensive equipment.

During minimally invasive techniques, MedStar Montgomery surgeons make a small incision. They use advanced computer technology and specialized instruments to repair back and spine conditions. In microscopic surgery, we combine minimally invasive techniques with highly sensitive, cutting-edge surgical microscopes to access even the most delicate areas with precision. Anyone that would benefit from lumbar spine surgery is likely a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery.

Who Benefits?

  • The elderly
  • Overweight
  • Significant medical comorbidities
  • Patients in whom a blood transfusion is not an option.


  • Faster recovery time than traditional spinal surgery
  • Reduced infection
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Faster return to your regular lifestyle


  • Less trauma to surrounding tissue
  • Decreased blood loss
  • Decreased need for pain medicine
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster return to work/ normal life
  • Decreased infection rate

 Conditions to Treat

  • Lumbar disc herniations
  • Minimally Invasive Discectomy
  • Lumbar stenosis
  • Lumbar Spondylolisthesis
  • Minimally Invasive Fusion Options
  • Scoliosis

Make an Appointment

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a neurosurgery specialist, call 301-570-8554

Neurosurgery Specialists

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