SMISS: Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Provides Patient and Physician Information

What's the problem with MISS?

Complications of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery (MISS) can be related to anesthesia, patient positioning, and surgical technique. The performance of successful MISS is beset with several technical challenges, including the limited tactile feedback, two-dimensional video image quality of three-dimensional anatomy, and the manual dexterity needed to manipulate instruments through small working channels, which all account for a very steep learning curve*.

However, from the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) perspective complications are just symptoms of the real disease - inconsistent training, the lack of standardized practices, and limited evidence provided by patient reported outcomes.

Over the past 4 years, SMISS has been gathering market research evidence that categorically uncovers the challenges facing the delivery of quality MISS, e.g. barriers to adoption.

Primary barriers to adoption of MISS

Improved patient safety - surgeons should not have to learn "on" their patients! Greater than 50% of barriers are related to deficiencies in education and application!

So, what's needed? Remove barriers by raising te competecy and confidence of surgeons performing MISS.

SMISS is the only academic society dedicated to the improvement of MISS across the world. Our mission is to create knowledge and deliver standard programs, tools, and techniques that raise the competencies and quality of our global member communities and inspire them to continuously improve patient safety, patient outcomes, patient satisfaction and the cost-effectiveness of MISS.

As a truly independent, non-profit academic society, dedicated to MISS, we are taking on the job to improve the practice of MISS for patients, surgeons, allied healthcare workers, and payers.

Join us at the SMISS Global Forum 2015 and see what we are doing and get involved in your future!

*Neurosurgery. 2002 Nov;51(5 Suppl):S26-36. Perez-Cruet MJ1, Fessler RG, Perin NI.