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