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What to Ask your Doctor

What to Ask About Your Doctor’s MISS Practice

The following are some questions you should ask your doctor about his/her practice if you are considering Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS).

  • What percentage of your practice involves MISS vs. open surgery?
  • How long have you been doing MISS?
  • What is the difference between Open vs. MISS?
  • How many MISS procedures have you performed in the last 6 months?
  • What training have you had in MISS surgery?
  • Do you present your work on MISS at peer-reviewed scientific meetings and journals?
  • How do I prepare for MISS?
  • What are the risks of MISS?
  • What will happen during MISS?
  • What will my recovery look like after MISS?
  • Are you Board-certified by either the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons ( or the American Board of Neurological Surgery? (

*Nationally recognized Board-certification entities are listed in the American Board of Medical Specialties ( The ABOS and ABNS are currently the only recognized Boards for spinal surgery.