MIS Specialist

Indiana Spine Center

Orthopedic Spine Surgeons located in Lafayette, IN

Indiana Spine Center is the state’s first and finest facility to offer comprehensive medical care for conditions solely affecting the neck and spine. Our patients, who come from Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Rensselaer, Logansport and surrounding North Central Indiana communities, receive world-renowned clinical care, including advanced surgical procedures like minimally invasive surgery.


What is minimally invasive surgery?

Increasingly popular in modern medicine, minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is being performed far more regularly in hospitals and surgical centers across America, especially for conditions involving the spine, such as disc herniations or vertebral bone fractures. Instead of performing surgery through the use of one large incision, surgeons who utilize MIS make one or several small incisions to access the target treatment area using specialized surgical instruments.

Are there benefits or risks to minimally invasive surgery?

The small incisions utilized during an MIS approach offer significant beneficial effects for the patient, including less pain, less bleeding, faster recovery, and a lower risk of complications. Because of the technical aspects of performing surgery with smaller access points, MIS surgeries can take longer than conventional surgeries, which may increase the amount of time a patient has to be under anesthesia. As with any surgery, MIS does carry some inherent risks, including infection, bleeding, and pain. In general, however, research indicates that the benefits of MIS far outweigh any potential risks.

What kinds of conditions can be treated with minimally invasive approaches?

Not every condition can be appropriately managed with a minimally invasive approach, at least not yet. However, our board-certified spine surgeons, Dr. John Gorup and Dr. Mario Brkaric, remain on the cutting edge of MIS technology and are committed to offering the highest quality surgical care to patients at Indiana Spine Center. Some of the surgeries they have used successfully with a minimally invasive approach include laminectomies, discectomies, and lumbar fusions.

How do I know if minimally invasive surgery is right for me?

At Indiana Spine Center, our team takes the time to discuss any treatment option that has the potential to resolve your spine health problem. This can include surgery as well as conservative treatment—and sometimes both. If you have a significant back problem that is affecting your quality of living and wondering if minimally invasive surgery is right for you, it’s important to speak with one of our spine surgeons. Let us help you get the individualized and effective treatment you need—and deserve.

Insurances Accepted

Please call us today to learn more about what insurances we accept!

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Sagamore Health Network
United Healthcare