Endoscopic lumbar microdiscectomy is the removal of a herniated disc from the lower spine. This procedure is performed using tiny surgical instruments and a video camera inserted through one or more small incisions.
Also Known As:
- Endoscopic lumbar discectomy
- Spine surgery
- Lumbar discectomy
- Lumbar spine surgery
Conditions Treated with Endoscopic Lumbar Microdiscectomy:
Endoscopic lumbar microdiscectomy may be utilized in cases of arthritis, spinal tumors, bone spurs, degenerative disc pain, herniated discs, sciatica, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis and leg pain.
Non-surgical alternatives to endoscopic lumbar microdiscectomy include physical therapy, pain relief medication, epidural steroid injections and chemonucleolysis injections. An open lumbar discectomy may be performed as a surgical alternative to the procedure.
Anesthesia with Endoscopic Lumbar Microdiscectomy:
Endoscopic lumbar microdiscectomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Endoscopic Lumbar Microdiscectomy:
Possible risks following endoscopic lumbar microdiscectomy 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 Lumbar Microdiscectomy:
Total recovery following endoscopic lumbar microdiscectomy takes two to four weeks.