Spine and Becker’s Spine Review recently touched on whether or not the microscope in minimally invasive surgery makes a difference. The two publications provided data concluding that the use of a microscope (slightly) increased the average operating room time and had comparable infection rates to those not using a microscope. Results can be seen below.
*Results from Spine Journal study:
23,670 elective spine procedures identified.
2226 (9.4%) used...