A minimally invasive procedure, endoscopic 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 microlaminotomy is performed using tiny surgical instruments and a video camera inserted through one or more small incisions in the neck or back.
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Conditions Treated with Endoscopic Microlaminotomy:
Endoscopic microlaminotomy 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 microlaminotomy 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 Microlaminotomy:
Endoscopic microlaminotomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Endoscopic Microlaminotomy:
Possible risks following endoscopic 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 Microlaminotomy:
Total recovery following endoscopic microlaminotomy takes two to four weeks.