Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) for total joint replacement is a surgical technique where surgeons will reduce the size of incisions and also minimize damage to the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons, etc.).
Compared to traditional incisions, which can be as long as 12 inches, some MIS incisions may be as little as 3-5 inches. Since fewer structures are affected by surgery using MIS, less time is required for the healing process and recovery is generally faster. MIS techniques also reduce the risk of post-operative pain.