A minimally invasive procedure, endoscopic lumbar microlaminotomy involves the removal of parts 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 microlaminotomy 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 laminotomy
- Lumbar spine surgery
Conditions Treated with Endoscopic Lumbar Microlaminotomy:
Endoscopic lumbar microlaminotomy 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 microlaminotomy include physical therapy, pain relief medication, epidural steroid injections and chemonucleolysis injections. An open lumbar laminotomy may be performed as a surgical alternative to the procedure.
Anesthesia with Endoscopic Lumbar Microlaminotomy:
Endoscopic lumbar microlaminotomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Endoscopic Lumbar Microlaminotomy:
Possible risks following endoscopic lumbar microlaminotomy 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 Microlaminotomy:
Total recovery following endoscopic lumbar microlaminotomy takes two to four weeks.