What is Cervical Endoscopic Discectomy?

Micro Endoscopic Posterior Cervical DiscectomyIn the case of endoscopic cervical discectomy, the back surgeon inserts a specially designed endoscope into the neck also known as the cervical spine to remove herniated disc material that is causing pain. This minimally invasive surgery requires only a small incision and does not involve bone removal. With the guidance of x-ray imaging and magnified video, the orthopedic surgeon is able to precisely insert the surgical tools into the herniated disc space.

Benefits of Cervical Endoscopic Discectomy

  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Small incision and minimal scar tissue formation
  • Quick recovery
  • Reduced need for pain medication
  • Same day surgery with no hospitalization (outpatient procedure)
  • High success rate
  • Minimal blood loss

Conditions treated

  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Cervical Disc Bulge
  • Cervical Disc Tear
  • Cervical Disc Herniations

When is Cervical Endoscopic Discectomy Recommended?

  • Persistent headache, upper back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, or tingling and numbness in upper extremities.
  • Symptoms unresponsive to conservative treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, and spinal steroid injections for 6-8 weeks.
  • CT Scan, discography, and MRI showing cervical disc bulge, tear, or herniation.

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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