Partial Disc Removal Surgery
Anterior endoscopic cervical
Neck pain is a problem for millions of Americans every year. Many cases of neck pain involve minor strains in the muscles and soft tissue. Other cases involve conditions affecting the spine.
When a spinal injury or condition is the source of your neck pain, surgery may be the best treatment option. One minimally invasive surgery that may help you if you have neck pain is anterior endoscopic cervical microdiscectomy.
What is anterior endoscopic cervical microdiscectomy?Anterior endoscopic cervical microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive form of disc surgery. The objective of the procedure is to remove a portion of a herniated disc rather than the entire disc. This reduces pressure on the nerves in the spine. Anterior endoscopic cervical microdiscectomy uses an endoscopic tube, which is a small, flexible tube with a camera attached at the end. This allows the surgeon to view the operation site without creating a large open wound for a visual.
When do you need anterior endoscopic cervical microdiscectomy?Anterior endoscopic cervical microdiscectomy is useful primarily for people with herniated discs in the cervical portion of the spine (the neck). The bulging portion of a herniated disc puts pressure on the spine. If the herniated disc is not too severe, then a small portion of it can be removed using Anterior endoscopic cervical microdiscectomy.
What are the advantages of anterior endoscopic cervical microdiscectomy?
- Does not require fusion — Since the procedure only requires a small portion of the disc to be removed, the surgeon does not need to fuse the surrounding vertebrae together. This is beneficial because fusing the vertebrae can limit the range of motion in your spine.
- It is minimally invasive — The incision for the procedure only needs to be big enough to allow the small endoscopic tube and surgical instruments to fit through. This eliminates the need for cutting through muscles and soft tissue.
- Improved recovery experience — The procedure doesn’t take long to perform, and most patients can go home the same day after the surgery. Recovery is quicker and less painful too since the muscles and soft tissue don’t need to recover from a large incision. Usually, you won’t need to wear an immobilization collar either.
- Lower risk of complications — Since the procedure is minimally invasive, the risks of complications are reduced. Still, complications are possible and may include:
- Blood loss
- Blood clots
- Nerve damage
- Allergic reaction
- Herniated disc