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