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Endoscopic Discectomy Quick Facts

How It Works:

  • Performed through a tubular, endoscopic device, just like Micro Discectomy
  • The damaged disc material or bone fragments is removed without a microscope
  • The remaining disc is gently pushed back into place to relieve pressure on the nerve
  • Performed in under an hour
  • Patients are able to return home a few hours after treatment

Types of Conditions:

  • Herniated Discs
  • Bulging Discs

Successfully performed in under 1 hour

Recovery Time*

4-6 weeks

* All recovery periods vary depending on the person or severity of the condition.

Is Endoscopic Discectomy Right for Me?

Herniated spinal discs can cause you to suffer from pain, discomfort, and numbness, symptoms which may extend from the back into the extremities, because of the herniated disc compressing your spinal nerves.

Sometimes we encounter patients at Q Spine Institute whose symptoms are so severe that their activity is limited. You should consult with your doctor if your symptoms are not relieved with conservative treatments like medication or physical therapy.

In an endoscopic discectomy, a small incision is made near the damaged area. A tube is then inserted and used to introduce an endoscope and minimally invasive instruments to remove the affected disc. Dr. Q is able to see where your pinched nerve is, and remove the damaged disc.

Am I a Candidate for Endoscopic Discectomy?

It is important to note that there is risk associated with all types of surgery, no matter how minimally invasive.

However, results from an endoscopic discectomy have shown to be comparable with more traditional surgeries, with the benefit being that there is less muscle trauma and blood loss for our patients.

An endoscopic discectomy can provide faster pain relief than nonsurgical treatment, but should not be considered until other, more conservative treatments have been tested. You should consult with your doctor to determine if an endoscopic discectomy is the best approach for your condition.

If you have questions about this procedure or would like to consult with Dr. Q about your condition, make an appointment with Q Spine Institute today!

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