An Intralaminar endoscopic discectomy is a procedure performed by inserting a small tube through an incision in the back. This small tube allows the surgeon to insert an endoscope and use tools—through the endoscope—to remove exposed disc material or to relieve nerve compression. An intralaminar endoscopic discectomy is commonly used to solve herniated discs that are not able to be treated with conservative methods.
If you have tried conservative methods for your herniated disc or compressed nerves but aren’t seeing results, an intralaminar endoscopic discectomy may be a viable option for treating your back pain. This minimally invasive procedure is effective at relieving back pain. Contact your local NJ Spine & Orthopedic branch to determine if this surgery is a viable option to treat your back pain.
An intralaminar endoscopic discectomy is a minimally invasive procedure for treating pain from a disc herniation or compressed and irritated nerves. To start the surgery, a tiny incision is made on the skin of the lower back. Then, a small tube is inserted through the incision using an endoscopic camera and x-ray guidance. Once the affected area is located, the injured portion of the disc is removed.
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One of the biggest advantages of this procedure is that it provides the same relief as a traditional discectomy, but is much less invasive. The tube used for this surgery is typically 8mm—a significantly smaller tube than the 20mm tube in a traditional discectomy. These smaller tubes allow for a substantially smaller incision and easier recovery.
An intralaminar endoscopic discectomy usually takes an hour to an hour and a half, depending on how many levels are operated on. After the procedure, you will typically be in post-op for two to four hours before going home.
The minimally-invasive nature of this procedure allows for faster recovery times than alternative treatment methods. After the surgery, you will usually have a post-op period of 2-3 hours, and then be cleared to go home. Your doctor will likely prescribe pain medications for you to start taking the day of your surgery. For the first two to three days, you will need to rest with the exception of light stretching exercises. After a week, activity should gradually be increased.
In general, it’s best to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for the first few months after the surgery. After a month, it’s recommended for patients to attend regular physical therapy sessions.
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If you have been using conservative treatments for your herniated disc pain but aren’t seeing results, it may be helpful to consult a spine surgeon to see if an interlaminar discectomy is right for you. At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, our surgeons are dedicated to treating your pain and helping you get your life back.
Our experienced and board-certified neurologists, neurosurgeons, and orthopedic specialists work together to treat spine and back disorders with minimally invasive techniques. Our doctors understand that every person is unique and requires a personalized treatment plan. At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, we treat people, not patients. To schedule an appointment with one of our skilled spine experts, call (866) 272-9271 or fill out our online contact form.
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