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Endoscopic Transforaminal Discectomy Quick Facts

How It Works:

  • Performed using a small needle instead of incisions
  • A needle allows our doctors to alleviate pain without cutting muscles or tissues
  • The small needle is placed into the damaged disc(s)
  • A small wire is then placed into the disc, through the needle
  • The needle is exchanged for a series of small tubes
  • Using specialized instruments, surgery is performed within these tubes
  • The disc is removed or partially removed and pain is alleviated

Types of Conditions:

  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Multi-Level Lumbar Herniated Discs
  • Foraminal Stenosis

A quick, minimally invasive solution with zero incisions

Recovery Time*

4-6 weeks

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

Is Endoscopic Transforaminal Discectomy Right for Me?

Herniated or bulging discs in the spine can cause you to suffer from pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness. Your symptoms may extend from the back into your arms and legs or extremities, because of the herniated disc compressing the spinal nerves. You should consult with your doctor or make an appointment for a consultation with us if your symptoms are not relieved with treatments like pain medication, stretching, or physical therapy.

In the endoscopic transforaminal discectomy procedure, an incision is made near the affected area. A tube is then inserted until it reaches the area damaged disc — the tube is used to introduce an endoscope and minimally invasive instruments to remove the affected disc.

Am I a Candidate for Endoscopic Transforaminal Discectomy?

It is important to note that there is risk associate with all types of surgery.

An endoscopic transforaminal discectomy can provide faster pain relief than nonsurgical treatment, but should not be considered until you have tested more conservative treatments with the guidance of a specialist. You should consult with your doctor or make an appointment with us to determine if this procedure is the best approach for your condition.

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

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