Endoscopic microdiscectomy is an advanced, minimally-invasive treatment for large disc herniations as well as spinal stenosis. Endoscopic microdiscectomy begins with a thin needle being placed near the spinal canal under local anesthesia. A working tube or cannula no larger than a pencil is placed over the last dilator and the endoscope is inserted. Once inside, high resolution video cameras show the disc herniation, compressed nerves, and bone spurs causing back and leg pain.
Scar tissue, herniated discs, and bone spurs are painlessly removed under direct endoscopic vision, and pressure on nerves is relieved. A band-aid dressing is placed on a ¼ inch wound, and the patient returns home, achieving full recovery and a return to normal activities within 2-3 weeks. Older patients with spinal stenosis and additional health problems no longer face extensive surgery and/or spinal fusion with months of delayed recovery. Younger patients with large disc herniations may experience minimal time away from work and lost productivity.
For patients with failed prior surgery or recurrent disc herniation, endoscopic microdiscectomy may prevent repeat open surgery and allow preservation of spinal motion without the need for spinal fusion, endless epidural injections, narcotic pain drugs, or chronic disability. Clinical trials have now validated the safety and effectiveness of full endoscopic spinal surgery compared to standard open surgical treatment of herniated disc and spinal stenosis with fewer complications and reduced recovery time.
We at Synergy Spine Center feel that a vast majority of patients, who continue to suffer from life-altering pain and disability, will appreciate the advantages and lasting relief that can be achieved though this minimally invasive spinal procedure.