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Microendoscopic discectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure which removes damaged or herniated disc material from the spine. This procedure aims to relieve pain that is caused by a herniated disc pressing on the nerve root or spinal cord.
This procedure uses an endoscope to allow the surgeon a view of the affected disc and nerves and is performed through a surgical tube. This minimally invasive technique means faster recovery time and a return to regular activity for the spine patient.
Herniated or damaged discs in the spine can cause you to suffer from discomfort or pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness. These symptoms may extend from the back into the extremities, because of the herniated disc pinching or compressing one or more of 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 pain medication, stretching, or physical therapy.
In microendoscopic discectomy, a small incision is made near the damaged area. A thin wire is inserted, using a fluoroscope as a guide, through the incision and advanced until it comes in contact with the spine. A tube is then inserted, until is reaches the damaged disc — the tube is 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 part of the disc.
It is important to note that there is risk associate with all types of surgery, no matter how minimally invasive.
However, results from a microendoscopic discectomy have shown to be comparable with traditional open surgeries, the benefit being that there is less muscle trauma and blood loss for patients. The shorter procedure and less invasive technique allows for a faster recovery time and return to regular daily activity.
A microendoscopic 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 a microendoscopic discectomy is the best approach for your condition.
If you have questions about the microendoscopic 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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