Suffering from a Herniated or Extruded Disc?
An Endoscopic Discectomy could relieve your leg and back pain. Consult our specialists today and see if this procedure is right for you
What is Endoscopic Microdiscectomy?
An endoscopic microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive endoscopic surgery that allows direct visualization of the disc and nerves. This procedure is used for decompressing nerve roots damaged by compressed spinal discs.
It is usually indicated in patients with a herniated or compressed lumbar disc, who have not found adequate pain relief with pain management injections or conservative treatment. Or, the pain after a pain management injection returns rapidly and the pain is intolerable.
Many patients who suffer from sciatica, referred pain down either legs and/or low back pain may be a candidate for this procedure. This procedure can also help in relieving pain associated with spinal stenosis and low back arthritis.
We have answers and options to relieve pain from Herniated Discs, Disc Bulges, Spinal Stenosis, Sciatica, Pinched Nerve, Annular Disc Tear, Degenerative Disc disease, Spondylosis/Spine Arthritis, Radiculopathy, Bone Spurs/Osteophytes and Facet Joint Syndrome.
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Benefits of Endoscopic Microdiscectomy
- Minimally invasive surgery – less trauma to muscles and soft tissue than with traditional open surgery
- Quick recovery time
- Minimal pain or discomfort following the surgery
- Immediate leg pain relief in most cases
- Fewer complications and risks than open spine surgery
- Small incision and minimal scar tissue
- High success rate and sustained success of the therapy
- No or minimal blood loss
- Possible use of local anesthesia
- Visual endoscopic control of the treatment
- No hardware placement or loss of mobility
What are the indications for a microdiscectomy?
- A microdiscectomy is indicated if the diagnostic injections to the injured area provide short-term relief of the pain radiating down either leg
- Depending on the severity of the herniated or compressed disc, fragments can be extruded to decompress the affected nerve
- If conservative treatments are no longer providing enough relief or have stopped providing relief
Endoscopic Microdiscectomy Surgery
Defined as minimally invasive surgery, endoscopic microdiscectomy requires a small 7mm incision, no larger than a Band-Aid, to gain access to the lumbar spine. A variety of equipment might be used, including x-rays, fluoroscopy, endoscopy, and video to determine the area for the incision to gain direct access to the compressed and herniated disc.
Unlike traditional open surgery, in which muscles, ligaments, and even and bones might be severed to reach the specified area; endoscopic microdiscectomy uses an endoscope, or small camera, to magnify the area where the microdiscectomy will be performed. Through the use of this technique, only a small portion of the herniated disc that is compressing the spinal nerve needs to be removed.
What to expect after the procedure?
While this is an outpatient surgery, we do recommend resting initially and then gradually increasing activity levels. You may also be advised to wear a back brace for added support during the healing process.
If you are suffering from low-back pain and have been researching minimally invasive spine surgery as well as laser spine surgery, schedule an appointment to speak to one of our specialists. You may find that endoscopic microdiscectomy is the perfect solution for you. Often, this procedure is covered by healthcare insurance.
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