Lumbar Endoscopic Discectomy Surgery

What is Endoscopic Discectomy?

Endoscopic discectomy, a common type of endoscopic spinal surgery. Endoscopic disectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to remove herniated disc material that is causing pain in the lower back and legs (lumbar region).

Endoscopic discectomy is the least invasive and most effective surgical technique for treating spinal disc herniation patients. With endoscopic spine surgery, surgeons do not need to remove bones and muscles in order to remove herniated discs. Surgeons can see the spine with a camera, smaller than a smartphone camera, through a small surgical port (tube). Large incisions are avoided, so the risk for infection from the procedure is low. The procedure does not traumatize your spine as traditional spine surgeries do, making healing time from the procedure shorter. The whole process for disc herniation repair takes about 30 minutes. After a short stay in recovery, the patient goes home in 2-3 hours when the surgery is done in a surgery center.

What are the Advantages of an Endoscopic Discectomy?

Our Endoscopic Discectomy is a true minimally invasive spine surgery that include the following advantages:

  • Minimally Invasive
  • Low Risk of Infection
  • Short recovery
  • High Success rate
  • Preservation of spinal mobility
  • Local Anesthesia
  • Minimal blood loss
  • Same-day surgery with no hospitalization (outpatient procedure)
  • Small incision and minimal scar tissue formation

What conditions Can an Endoscopic Discectomy Surgery Treat?

  • Disc Bulge
  • Herniated Disc
  • Disc Tear
  • Radiculitis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Brachial Neuritis

The Lumbar Endoscopic Discectomy Procedure

Patients are sedated with general or local anesthesia prior to the procedure. A small incision is made on the side of the back, to allow the endoscope and other instruments to pass through into the disc space. A video monitor displays live, enlarged images transmitted from the camera on the endoscope. Once the instruments are in the disc space, the surgeon removes the damaged portion of the disc, as well as any disc material that is pressing against the nerves and causing symptoms. When this is completed, the endoscope is removed and the incision is sutured closed. A lumbar endoscopic discectomy takes about 1 hour to perform.


Recovery from a Lumbar Endoscopic Discectomy

Patients can generally return home the day of the procedure. Initial pain from the surgery may be treated with pain medication. Patients are advised to limit some specific motions for a few weeks after the procedure. Nerves may take some time to heal and patients may experience some temporary numbness and tingling in the legs. Most patients return to work about 2 to 4 weeks after the procedure, however those with physically demanding jobs may have to wait longer to return to work. After recovery phase, most patients experience a significant reduction in back and leg pain after undergoing a lumbar endoscopic discectomy.


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