Videoscope Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery (VMIS): 36‐Month Results Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: Clinical outcomes from videoscope assisted minimally invasive surgery (VMIS) at 36 to 58 months are reported. METHODS: Fourteen patients having sites with residual probing depth (PD) of at least 5 mm and 2 mm loss of clinical attachment level (CAL) after initial non-surgical therapy were treated with VMIS. RESULTS: At 36 months or greater post-surgery there was a statistically significant improvement (P <0.001) in mean PD and CAL (PD: 3.80 ± 1.18 mm, CAL: 4.16 ± 1.18 mm) in all surgical sites compared with baseline. There was a mean improvement in soft tissue height (0.36 ± 0.64 mm, P = 0.03). In most cases, patients reported no postoperative discomfort. CONCLUSIONS: Improvements from VMIS appear to be favorable when compared with previously reported results of periodontal regenerative surgery. All improvements were stable over time. The lack of post-surgical recession after VMIS has not been reported with traditional regenerative surgery.

author list (cited authors)

  • Harrel, S. K., Nunn, M. E., Abraham, C. M., Rivera‐Hidalgo, F., Shulman, J. D., & Tunnell, J. C.

citation count

  • 10

publication date

  • June 2017