Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

At Premier Orthopaedic Associates, we offer advanced, minimally invasive spine surgery, performed by leading spine surgeon, Dr. Rahul V. Shah. Dr. Shah is honored to have been listed as a Top Doctor in New Jersey. He is a highly-respected spine surgeon who delivers the next-generation, minimally invasive spine surgeries. 

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What is minimally invasive spine surgery?

The field of spine surgery has made remarkable advancements in recent years. Traditional open surgical procedures, while effective, require large incisions and a prolonged recovery. With minimally invasive spine surgery, patients achieve superior surgical outcomes, less pain, and a faster recovery.  Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is an innovative surgical approach that uses small incisions and specialized instruments to access and treat spinal conditions. This technique minimizes disruption to surrounding tissues, muscles, and nerves while achieving the surgical goals once only possible with traditional open surgery.

Benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery

If you have been diagnosed with a spinal condition that requires surgical intervention, you deserve world-class care, and the latest advances in spine surgery. 

Reduced Pain

With less tissue disruption, patients often experience less post-operative pain.

Faster recovery

Patients can expect a much quicker return to normal activities.

Less blood loss

Minimally invasive techniques typically result in minimal blood loss during surgery. Our use of Tranexamic Acid to reduce bleeding is a significant advance in spine surgeries.

Smaller incisions

MISS requires much smaller incisions than traditional spine surgery, reducing the risk of disruption to the surrounding muscles and tissues, with smaller surgical scars

Less pain

We use multimodal pain control to block all pain pathways.

Muscle sparing techniques

The small incisions cause far less disruption to the muscles of the neck or back.

Conditions treated with minimally invasive spine surgery

Minimally invasive spine surgery is a versatile approach that can be used to resolve an array of spinal conditions, including:

Herniated discs

Surgery can relieve pressure on spinal nerves caused by herniated discs.

Spinal stenosis

MISS can create space within the spinal canal to alleviate pressure on nerves.


This technique can stabilize displaced vertebrae.

Spinal tumors

Minimally invasive surgery can be used to remove spinal tumors.

Spinal deformities

Conditions like scoliosis can be treated with MISS techniques.

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What is the procedure?

The initial step involves a thorough diagnosis, which may include X-rays, MRI, and CT scans. Once the diagnosis is complete, a surgery date will be scheduled. General or local anesthesia with intravenous sedation are administered. Tiny incisions are placed to access the damaged area of the spine. Specialized surgical instruments and imaging techniques make it possible for the spine surgeon to perform the corrections necessary, with real-time images on a video monitor. Our spine surgeon performs the necessary procedure, which may be decompression, fusion, or implant placement. The small incisions are then closed with sutures or adhesive strips.

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What is the recovery time?

Recovery from minimally invasive spine surgery varies depending on the procedure and individual factors. You can expect a shorter stay in the hospital or surgical center, less post-operative pain or discomfort, and a much faster recovery, along with minimal scarring. The procedure performed restores mobility, comfort, and the ability to engage in the activities you love. We offer physical therapy to speed recovery. 

Why choose us for minimally invasive spine surgery?

At Premier Orthopaedic Associates, we are committed to providing the most advanced and effective spine care solutions. When you choose us for minimally invasive spine surgery, your procedure will be performed by a board-certified spine surgeon who is highly skilled and experienced in performing advanced, minimally invasive procedures. We offer personalized, compassionate care. Our r state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with advanced surgical technologies to ensure precise and effective spine surgeries. Our holistic approach to spine care includes a range of services, including physical therapy and pain management, to speed your recovery and restore well-being.

If you're considering spine surgery to address a spinal condition, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our expert team at Premier Orthopaedic Associates. Discover the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery and take the first step toward a pain-free and active future with our specialized care. Our board-certified spine surgeon brings outstanding skills to every procedure, and focuses on a result that allows you to enjoy life, doing what you love, free from pain, with mobility and comfort restored.

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