Bigger is Not Better for Back Surgery

With minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) advancements, people with major back conditions have some exciting new treatment options. Understanding the best option for your back needs begins with better understanding what MISS is and the benefits it delivers.

According to the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, compared to traditional open spine surgery, MISS utilizes cutting-edge technology to treat your spinal condition without causing undue injury to the surrounding soft tissues.



In a traditional, open spine surgery, the incision can exceed 75mm. With MISS, the same operative goals can be achieved with a single 15-20mm incision.  

Major benefits of MISS include:
  • Increased safety – with smaller incisions, there’s less trauma to the body and far less blood loss
  • Reduced risk of infections and pain
  • Decreased scarring – most incisions just take a stitch or two to close
  • Faster recovery – whereas recovery from traditional surgeries typically takes six to eight weeks, patients who have undergone minimally invasive procedures usually recover in only two
  • Decreased length of hospital stay – most minimally invasive spine surgery procedures are scheduled as outpatient surgery
Conditions Treated Using MISS Procedures:
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Spinal deformities such as scoliosis
  • Spinal infections
  • Spinal instability
  • Vertebral compression fractures
  • Spinal Tumors

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Our experienced neurosurgeons lead the nation in the development and advancement of computer and image-guided micro spine surgery. Our Legacy Spinous Midline Guided Fusion (MIG-LIF) procedure, developed by neurosurgeon Scott Schlesinger, is one of the most advanced and innovative MIS lumbar fusion procedures in the world. The surgery is often performed outpatient or with shorter hospital stays allowing for quicker recovery time, reduced post-op pain, lower risk of MRSA infections and lower costs. 

To learn more about MIG-LIF and the many other minimally invasive spine surgeries we offer, visit us at or call us at 501-661-0077.



Update as of 4/30/2020


We are now starting to reschedule elective procedures for those patients who wish to undergo treatment.  We are still adhering to strict social distancing guidelines and take every precaution to ensure safety of our staff and patients.


We will continue to see patients via telehealth for office visits.


We appreciate all of our patients working with us during this time.


The Legacy Team