Spine Animations

Spine Animations

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Poor posture can damage the spine and its associated muscles and ligaments. A hunched stance places abnormal stress on muscles and ligaments, causes backache and fatigue, and can even cause the spine to become fixed in an abnormal position.

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Endoscopic or Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)


When the Southeastern Spine Institute’s Medical Director Dr. Don Johnson tells patients that “this is not your father’s back surgery,” he is referring to the brand new way spine surgeries are performed these days. Many of today’s surgeries no longer require large incisions or even overnight stays in the hospital.

What Is Endoscopic Surgery or MIS?

Endoscopic or minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has revolutionized spine operations. Endoscopic surgery or MIS require only tiny incisions through which your surgeon inserts an endoscope. An endoscope is a tiny camera that transmits real-time images to a monitor that the surgeon uses to help guide his tools through the same small opening. The endoscope allows the surgeon to view the problem area in detail without having to cut open and expose the spine.

Why Endoscopic Surgery or MIS Is Better

Endoscopic surgery or MIS has a high success rate. Because the technique cuts through much less muscle, you suffer almost no blood loss. The technique also reduces your operative risk while speeding your recovery time.

Often, your back surgeon can perform this procedure in our own accredited, in-house Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC). After an endoscopic surgery or MIS, you are usually up and moving within a few hours. You can expect to return to your home the very same day.

This same day surgery is still surgery involving your spine, however, so we strongly recommend that a board certified spine surgeon perform your surgery. All the surgeons at the Southeastern Spine Institute (SSI) are board certified spine surgeons.

An Alternative to Traditional Surgery

In today’s world of desk jobs and back-breaking labor, back problems have become an all-too-common and painful problem. Endoscopic or minimally invasive surgery offers a great alternative to traditional back surgery. When you need an operation to relieve your pain (and not everyone who comes to SSI needs surgery), an endoscopic surgery or MIS can get you back to your normal life more quickly than traditional surgery can.

The spine surgeons at SSI prefer the endoscopic surgery or MIS procedure to the “open back” surgeries from the past. Using the latest technologies and techniques allow our surgeons to excel, achieving a much better success rate and shorter recovery times. This operative approach gives you the chance to get back to your busy life as soon as possible.

First Step Toward a Pain-Free Life

If you want to enjoy your life again — free of debilitating back, neck or leg pain — the first step is to come in for a consultation. You must see an experienced, highly trained spine physician to get a total evaluation and diagnosis. To find the best solution for your specific back or neck pain, your doctor must consider all of your treatment options.

At the Southeastern Spine Institute, we can assure you that we can diagnose your problem and work with you toward a solution. If that solution involves surgery, remember that “this is not your father’s surgery.” Today, we can use endoscopic surgery or minimally invasive surgery (MIS), which is both safer and more effective than back surgeries of the past.

To find out if we can help you, please contact us at 866-SPINE-50 to make an appointment. You can also use our online contact form.