What is Lumbar Endoscopic Discectomy?
Lumbar endoscopic discectomy is a minimally invasive procedure performed by a board certified back surgeon that can provide back pain relief even when other treatments have failed. If you suffer from persistent lower back pain, with or without leg pain, for more than 8 to 12 weeks, you may be a candidate for endoscopic discectomy.
There are two types of endoscopic discectomy-lumbar and cervical. Both are minimally invasive spine surgeries that are usually done as an outpatient procedure using a local anesthesia that allows the patient to remain awake.
With lumbar endoscopic discectomy, an endoscope, a small tube with a camera, is inserted into the lumbar spine also known as the lower back area where a spinal condition or disc problem such as an annular tear, bulging disc, or herniated disc is located. The endoscopic surgeon can treat the portion of the disc that is compressing the nerve with a laser if the bulge or tear is small, or remove it through a small incision using an endoscopic tube designed for this purpose. After the damaged portion of the disc is removed, a laser shrinks the surrounding problem area and remodels it.
Benefits of Lumbar Endoscopic Discectomy
When is Lumbar Endoscopic Discectomy Recommended?
A lumbar endoscopic discectomy performed by a board certified back surgeon and can provide relief from symptoms such as persistent headaches, upper back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, arm pain or tingling and numbness in upper extremities caused by a spinal condition. Most patients feel immediate relief after having an endoscopic discectomy and experience far less trauma than with traditional open back discectomy. Back surgery recovery, including walking as well as head and neck support, can begin within hours of surgery.
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