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Minimal access spinal surgery

14 January 2009

Minimal access spinal surgery (MASS) has been developed with the aim of reducing approachrelated morbidity or 'collateral damage' to surrounding tissues whilst obtaining the same clinical outcomes of traditional open procedures. The procedure has been developed to complement minimal invasive spinal surgery (MISS) as the latter does not allow for direct visualisation of the spine. In that regard these two techniques DO NOT alter the indications or goals of surgery.