What is a spinal disc?
What is a herniated disc?
What is Endoscopic Discectomy?
Endoscopic Discectomy is a procedure used to remove damaged disc material in the spine. It is a minimally invasive technique that unlike the conventional procedure does not involve major tissue injury. Instead, a small metal tube, the size of a pencil, is inserted into the herniated disc space under x-ray guidance. The tube serves as a passage for the surgical tools and a tiny camera (endoscope). Under the guidance of real-time x-ray image (fluoroscopy) and a magnified live video feed, the fragment of the disc pinching the nerve is removed.
Who should get Endoscopic Discectomy?
You might benefit from discectomy if your presentation includes:
- Pain, numbness or weakness in arms or legs
- MRI, CT Scan, or discogram reveal disc problems such as disc annular tear, disc bulge, or disc herniation.
- Electromyogram (EMG), a nerve diagnostic test demonstrates nerve root compression or irriation
How is this procedure better than a conventional procedure?
Endoscopic discectomy is a minimally invasive procedure with very little blood loss, tissue damage or scar formation. It has a short recovery period with patients usually going home the same day.
What are the risks or potential complications?
Discectomy is generally a safe procedure. But as with any interventional procedure, it carries a small risk of potential complications such as bleeding, infection, leaking spinal fluid and injury to blood vessels or nerves around the spine.