People who have experienced pain in their backs or necks know how debilitating and life-changing it can be.

Although no one likes having spine surgery, today’s technology is light years ahead of where it once was even a just few years ago. Procedures that once took many hours to perform with days spent in the hospital and months spent in recovery, can now be done in one to three hours with a simple overnight stay in the hospital, or even home the same day. Additionally, recovery is quicker and more complete.

Dr. Goldberg is one of the leading experts in all the most advanced techniques – techniques that mean smaller incisions, less muscle and tissue disruption, faster recovery, and better outcomes.

patient after having minimally invasive spine surgery with dr. grigory goldberg
Dr. Grigory Goldberg performing minimally invasive spine surgery


Whenever possible Dr. Goldberg will perform a minimally invasive surgical technique. Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is an alternative to traditional open surgical procedures and offers numerous benefits such as:

  • Smaller incision means there is less muscle and tissue damage
  • Less blood loss
  • Less post-operative discomfort or pain
  • Fast recovery and healing
  • Diminished need for pain medications after surgery

Generally speaking, the goal of MISS is to stabilize the vertebrae or spinal joints while relieving pressure on the nerves, which is often caused by conditions like bone spurs, herniated discs, and spine instability.


For many of these minimally invasive procedures, Dr. Goldberg will use an endoscopic technique. Endoscopic spine surgery is an advanced, state-of-the-art form of minimally invasive surgery that is designed to give patients an even quicker recovery time and less recurring pain. It is considered the least invasive of the minimally invasive types of surgeries and Dr. Goldberg is one of the elite few spine surgeons in the world who is qualified to perform endoscopic spine surgery.

During endoscopic spine surgery, Dr. Goldberg will make a small skin incision of less than a half-inch through which he inserts an endoscope – a small tube approximately the size of a #2 pencil. The tube houses a light source, irrigation channel, a working channel for micro instrumentation, and a high-definition camera. The camera is connected to a monitor that Dr. Goldberg uses to view the spine.

Small incisions and hyper-targeting of the surgical site means even less trauma to skin, muscle, and soft tissues resulting in less blood loss and a faster recovery. Furthermore, most ESS procedures can be completed in about one hour, which allow patients to be back on their feet a few hours following post-operative recovery.

endoscopic spine surgery instrument performed by dr. grigory goldberg
Who Is a Candidate for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

When you need a knowledgeable orthopedic spine specialist, call Dr. Grigory Goldberg, MD, at 844-373-2772.

After trying endless treatment options, you might consider invasive procedures as a last resort and at your doctor’s behest. Before allowing dread to settle in, you should consider minimally invasive spine surgery in New Jersey.

Who is a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery (MIS)? Keep reading to learn more.

What Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons defines MIS as a quicker, less hazardous method of stabilizing the bones, joints, and nerves within the spinal system. Unlike more major, open surgical techniques, MIS requires less anesthesia and disrupts fewer tissues, which minimizes recovery time.  

Who Is a Candidate for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

Because of its 90% success rate with complex spinal fusion, MIS is a much sought-after treatment for people who have yet to find a treatment that provides relief.

So who is a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery? If any of the following situations sound familiar, you may benefit from MIS.

Noninvasive Treatments Don’t Work

You’ve tried everything, including:

  • Chiropractic manipulations
  • Physical therapy 
  • Repetitive exercises
  • Medications

Nothing provides lasting relief. 

Your Doctor Recommends This Surgery for Your Condition

Does your doctor think you could benefit from surgical treatments? If so, ask them about MIS before considering other, more invasive surgical treatments. MIS is far gentler, with less downtime than other surgical techniques. 

You Have Few, If Any, Other Health Concerns

Are you relatively healthy besides your spinal struggles? You might be an excellent candidate for MIS. Minimally invasive spine surgery can effectively treat and relieve various spinal conditions, such as:

  • Spinal stenosis 
  • Herniated discs or degenerative disc disease
  • Pinched nerves
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal tumors
  • Fractured or slipped vertebra

MIS could offer permanent relief from the chronic pain and restrictions that currently limit your life. You may also return to your daily life more quickly than with other, more invasive treatment options. 

Explore More Treatment Options with Dr. Grigory Goldberg, MD

So, who is a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery? You could be a candidate for this cutting-edge treatment option. Explore this and other treatment options, such as endoscopic spine surgery with Dr. Grigory Goldberg, MD.

Our doctors accept most insurance plans, including workers’ compensation, no-fault, and PIP (personal injury protection). Same-day appointments may be available. Book an appointment at a New Jersey practice near you!


What is the average downtime of MIS?

The average downtime of a MIS operation is about six weeks. However, recovery time depends on the patient’s injuries and overall health status. 

What are the complications associated with MIS?

According to OrthoInfo, some complications associated with MIS are infection, discomfort, bleeding, blood clots, and nerve damage. However, these are risks with any surgery, and their probability increases with more invasive surgeries.

Does minimally invasive spine surgery hurt?

Minimally invasive spine surgery doesn’t usually hurt immediately following the procedure. You might experience some pain in the following days as healing begins. e

Who is a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery?

To determine whether MIS is right for you, consult your doctor about your treatment options.