Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery - Hanbing Zhou, MD
Hanbing (Steve) Zhou, MD, is a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon who is highly trained in surgical and nonsurgical treatments for alleviating back and neck pain. The sole mission of Dr. Hanbing Zhou is to alleviate your pain through personalized, high-quality care combined with the latest advances in minimally invasive techniques. His goal is to get you back to living your life as quickly as possible.
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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery


Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS) is a type of surgical technique that can be used to correct problems with far less trauma to surrounding tissues than traditional or “open” surgery. Because MISS allows for such small incisions, damage to the surrounding muscle and tissue is avoided. Benefits include:
Faster Recovery

Significantly faster recovery time over traditional surgery

Minimal Muscle Disruption

Less trauma to the muscles surrounding the spine

Smaller Incision

Smaller surgical incisions mean less scarring

Less Blood Loss

Smaller incision means smaller amount of blood loss

Decreased Pain

Significantly reduced post-operative pain

Fewer Infections

Less risk of infection during or following surgery

Fewer Complications

Less invasive means fewer surgical complications

Less Complicated

Can sometimes be performed as outpatient surgery

Dr. Zhou’s goal in performing minimally invasive spine surgery is to achieve outcomes equivalent to those of open surgery while minimizing muscle dissection, disruption of muscles, and collateral damage to soft tissues.


dr. hanbing zhou performing minimally invasive spine surgery

When performing minimally invasive spine surgery,  Dr. Zhou makes a much smaller incision – usually less than one inch – then uses computer-aided surgical technology and specialized tools to perform highly accurate and detailed surgery.

dr. hanbing zhou shows minimally invasive spine surgery

Dr. Zhou may recommend MISS if conservative treatment has not been successful in relieving your symptoms or in certain conditions where surgery is indicated; for example, if there is pressure on your spinal cord or nerves.

patient of dr. hanbing zhou after minimally invasive spine surgery

Although it depends on the actual condition and surgical procedure, most people who receive minimally invasive spinal surgery enjoy a rapid and full recovery following their treatment.

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