Minimally Invasive Disc Removal
One type of spinal surgery that can help you if you have a herniated disc (which is a common cause of spinal pain) is microendoscopic discectomy.
What is microendoscopic discectomy?
The objective of microendoscopic discectomy is to remove the portion of the herniated disc that is putting pressure on the nerves in the spine. This may sound like an intense procedure, but it’s actually minimally invasive.
During this procedure, the surgeon uses an endoscopic tube. This tube has a camera in it that offers the surgeon a view of the operation area, and it allows small surgical instruments to pass through. This means the surgeon does not need to make a large incision to access the operation area. This offers many benefits, including:
- Less pain — Since the surgeon does not need to make a large incision or cut through muscles and soft tissue, the pain during recovery is minimal.
- Faster recovery — Recovery is generally quick for microendoscopic discectomy patients because there is little cutting involved. Many patients can return home the same day, though some may need to stay in the hospital for a night or two to observe the healing progress.
- Does not need spinal fusion — Surgeons follow up many procedures with a spinal fusion to support the vertebrae in the spine. Since microendoscopic discectomy only removes a small portion of the disc, there is usually still plenty of support, so fusion is not necessary.
Is microendoscopic discectomy safe?
Although microendoscopic discectomy is minimally invasive and complications are rare, possible risks include:
- Nerve damage
- Blood loss
- Blood clots
- Allergic reaction
- Herniated disc