What is Lumbar Endoscopic Discectomy?

Lumbar Endoscopic DiscectomyLumbar 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

  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Small incision and minimaly scar tissue formation
  • Same-day sugery with no hospitalization (outpatient procedure)
  • High success rate
  • Preservations of spinal mobility
  • Local anesthesia
  • Minimal blood loss

Conditions Treated

  • Disc Bulge
  • Disc Herniations
  • Disc Tear
  • Radiculitis
  • Radiculopathy

When is Lumbar Endoscopic Discectomy Recommended?

  • Lower back or buttock with or without leg pain persists for more than 8-12 weeks.
  • The pain is unresponsive to conservative treatments, including physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care, anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, DRX non-surgical manipulations, manipulations under anesthesia, spinal injections, or if previous surgery has failed.

  • MRI, CT scan, and discography document lumbar disc problems such as disc annual tear, disc bulge, and disc herniations.

  • An electric nerve diagnostic test or EMG test demostrates nerve root compression or irritation.

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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