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Endoscopic Discectomy

If you’re struggling with back pain due to a herniated disc, an endoscopic discectomy may offer the relief you’re looking for. This minimally invasive procedure utilizes the latest endoscopic technology to allow your doctor to precisely target and alleviate pressure on your spine with minimal disruption to the surrounding tissues.

What is an Endoscopic Discectomy?

An endoscopic discectomy is a minimally invasive procedure designed to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves caused by a herniated disc. This technique utilizes an endoscope – a thin, flexible tube equipped with a camera and light – to access the spine with minimal disruption to surrounding tissues. 

The endoscope allows your surgeon to visualize and navigate the procedure accurately, helping with precise removal and/or decompression of the damaged disc, ultimately relieving pain and restoring function.

What Conditions Does an Endoscopic Discectomy Treat?

An endoscopic discectomy is an effective treatment for various spine conditions, including:

  • Herniated disc: When the soft inner material of a disc leaks out through a tear of the outer layer, it can press on surrounding nerves, causing pain, weakness, or other symptoms.
  • Sciatica: Sciatica is characterized by pain, weakness, or numbness that radiates along the sciatic nerve. This is often caused by compression from a herniated disc.
  • Spinal stenosis: When the spinal canal narrows, it can put pressure on the spinal nerves and cause pain or weakness in the extremities.

How is an Endoscopic Discectomy Performed?

  1. To prepare for the procedure, local anesthesia is administered to numb the area where the incision will be made, ensuring your comfort. A small incision – typically less than an inch – is made near the affected disc. Through this incision, your surgeon will guide the endoscope to the precise location of the disc.
  2. The endoscope’s camera provides a clear view of the spinal structures on a monitor, enabling the surgeon to navigate and pinpoint the affected disc. Specialized surgical instruments are inserted through the endoscope, which is used to remove or trim the damaged part of the disc.
  3. Once the disc material causing compression is removed, the instruments and endoscope are removed as well, and the small incision is closed. 

An endoscopic discectomy represents a remarkable advancement in spine surgery, providing patients with a less invasive but still effective solution for disc-related problems. With smaller incisions, reduced recovery times, and a lower risk of complications, this procedure is transforming the landscape of spinal treatments. 

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