A minimally invasive procedure, endoscopic cervical microlaminectomy involves the removal of bone and/or discs in order to widen the cervical spinal canal. This procedure is performed in a region where there is pressure on the nerves caused by compressed vertebrae. Endoscopic cervical microlaminectomy is performed using tiny surgical instruments and a video camera inserted through one or more small incisions in the neck.
Also Known As:
- Spine surgery
- Cervical laminectomy
- Cervical spine surgery
Conditions Treated with Endoscopic Cervical Microlaminectomy:
Endoscopic cervical microlaminectomy may be utilized in cases of arthritis, spinal tumors, bone spurs, degenerative disc pain, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and pain in the shoulder, arm and neck.
Non-surgical alternatives to endoscopic cervical microlaminectomy include physical therapy, pain relief medication, epidural steroid injections and chemonucleolysis injections. An open cervical laminectomy may be performed as a surgical alternative to the procedure.
Anesthesia with Endoscopic Cervical Microlaminectomy:
Endoscopic cervical microlaminectomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Endoscopic Cervical Microlaminectomy:
Possible risks following endoscopic cervical microlaminectomy include infection, bleeding, blood clots, weakness and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience recurrent disc herniation, nerve deterioration and spinal fluid leaks.
Recovery from Endoscopic Cervical Microlaminectomy:
Total recovery following endoscopic cervical microlaminectomy takes two to four weeks.