A minimally invasive procedure, endoscopic lumbar microlaminectomy involves the removal of bone and/or discs in order to widen the spinal canal. This procedure is performed in a region where there is pressure on the nerves caused by compressed vertebrae. Endoscopic lumbar microlaminectomy is performed using tiny surgical instruments and a video camera inserted through one or more small incisions in the lower back.
Also Known As:
- Spine surgery
- Lumbar laminectomy
- Lumbar spine surgery
Conditions Treated with Endoscopic Lumbar Microlaminectomy:
Endoscopic lumbar microlaminectomy 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 microlaminectomy include physical therapy, pain relief medication, epidural steroid injections and chemonucleolysis injections. An open lumbar laminectomy may be performed as a surgical alternative to the procedure.
Anesthesia with Endoscopic Lumbar Microlaminectomy:
Endoscopic lumbar microlaminectomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Endoscopic Lumbar Microlaminectomy:
Possible risks following endoscopic lumbar 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 Lumbar Microlaminectomy:
Total recovery following endoscopic lumbar microlaminectomy takes two to four weeks.