The NuVasive approach to Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)
The NuVasive approach to Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is a new surgical platform considered to be Maximum Access Surgery (MAS®), because it delivers the benefit of traditional surgery and the reduced trauma of MIS. By comparison, a traditional "open" spine surgery often requires an incision that is at least 4-6 inches, whereas MAS technology typically requires an incision that is just a couple of inches.
NuVasive is best known for developing the XLIF® procedure, a minimally disruptive procedure that allows spine surgeons to have direct access to the intervertebral disc space (the "joint" of the spine) from the side of the body, as opposed to the front or back. The XLIF procedure is just one of the company's many innovative procedures which have redefined spine surgery and opened doors to treat pathologies not previously treated with minimal disruption.