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Endoscopic Facetectomy Quick Facts

How It Works:

  • Our doctors make small 1-inch incision
  • An endoscope is used for better visualization and precision
  • The facet joint causing nerve pressure is partially cut or shaved
  • An additional laminotomy may be performed, if necessary

Typical Conditions:

  • Foraminal stenosis

Often paired with a Laminotomy for complete pain relief

Recovery Time*

6-8 weeks

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

Is Endoscopic Facetectomy Right for Me?

There are several spinal conditions that can cause facet disease, the most common including degenerative disc disease and facet joint syndrome. The natural process of aging, injuries, or excessive wear-and-tear can also be contributing factors to the condition.

If you are experiencing the following symptoms, or your condition has not improved with more conservative treatments, you should talk with your doctor or make an appointment with Q Spine Institute about an endoscopic facetectomy procedure:

  • Radiating pain
  • Pain that persists for three months or longer
  • Limited mobility in the neck or back
  • Weakness, tingling or numbness in the extremities
  • Difficulty performing regular daily activities without pain

The minimally-invasive, endoscopic approach to a facetectomy allows for a surgeon to remove a small portion of bone, relieving pressure on nerves and other spinal structures. If necessary, other surgical procedures may be performed alongside the facetectomy to treat any other conditions that might exacerbate nerve compression or impingement.

Am I Candidate for Endoscopic Facetectomy?

A facetectomy relieves pressure on your spinal nerves and blood vessels, which helps to provide relief from pain, numbness, and other symptoms. Dr. Q uses the endoscopic approach because it can be performed as an outpatient procedure, and typically our patients are able to leave the hospital on the same day as the procedure.

All surgeries come with some kind of risk, so you should consider more conservative treatments for your condition. If you are suffering from chronic pain, weakness or numbness, and non-surgical treatments have not provided relief for your condition, you may want to discuss endoscopic facetectomy with your doctor.

If you have questions about your condition, are experiencing pain, or want to know more about minimally-invasive surgical treatments, make an appointment for a consultation with Q Spine Institute today. We look forward to helping you!

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