What is Endoscopic Spine Surgery?

Candidates

Used for treating herniated discs and spinal stenosis. This is an option for patients suffering from back and leg pain.

Small Incisions

Uses a smaller incision than “laser” or “ultrasonic” spinal surgeries. Incision is less than 1cm, smaller than a dime.

Minimally Invasive

The procedure uses a camera attached to a slender tube called an endoscope. Minimal damage to muscle and tissues.

Preserve Muscles
Quicker Return to Work
Less Pain
Quicker Recovery
Lower Risk of Infection
Smaller Incision = 1 cm or less

Learn More About Endoscopic Surgery

Endoscopic spine surgery is the latest advancement in minimally invasive spine surgery. This procedure uses a endoscope: a device with a small lens at the end and a thin tunnel to pass instruments for removing discs, bone spurs, and tissue.

Endoscopes are commonly used by orthopaedic surgeons in the knee, shoulder, and hip. Recent advancements allow surgeons to use scopes in the spine as well. Patients suffering from compressed nerves are candidates for the procedure. 

 

The surgeon first makes a skin incision as small as 7mm. The scope is then placed through this small incision to the disc herniation. The disc herniation is then removed. This incision is smaller than any minimally invasive microdiskectomy, laminectomy, “laser surgery,” or “ultrasonic surgery.” 

Potential benefits of endoscopic surgery:

The procedure is covered by many health insurances.

 
Lens inserted through a small incision
The Endoscope
The Lens

Surgical Technique Video

This video highlights the basic steps:

Patients go home shortly after the operation.

Patients receive a printout of their surgical images.

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