A micro endoscopic discectomy is a procedure for removing disc material in the lumbar. Before getting approved for this surgery, your doctor will inquire about any medications you are taking. If you are taking any blood thinners and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, you will have to stop taking them for two weeks before the surgery date.
The surgery begins with applying anesthesia. After anesthesia is applied, you will be turned to lay on your stomach in order to expose your back. Your surgeon will clean and prepare the area of your back where they will make the incision. A fluoroscope is then used to insert a needle into the bone with the affected vertebra and discs. This procedure is minimally invasive, requiring an incision smaller than one inch.
The muscles along your spine at the affected area will also be moved using a set of dilator tubes, creating a tunnel to the damaged vertebra. Then, a guidewire is inserted through the tubing. A small drill is then used to insert a hole in the lamina. Your surgeon will then use a microscope to locate the disc and remove the exposed part of the disc.
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The spine consists of 33 vertebrae, which are each cushioned by a disc of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber for the spine. Injuries, age, or weight can cause these discs to become strained. Over time, this strain to the discs can cause them to “slip” out of place, which is referred to as a herniation. A lumbar micro endoscopic discectomy is a procedure used to remove the exposed portion of a herniated disc in the lumbar.
If you have tried conservative methods for a herniated disc in your lumbar but aren’t seeing results, a micro endoscopic discectomy may be a good option for you. This minimally invasive procedure is effective at removing the exposed portion of a herniated disc without needing to fuse the vertebrae or use an artificial disc replacement. Contact your local NJ Spine & Orthopedic branch to determine if this procedure is a viable option to treat your back pain.
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In the majority of cases, herniated discs can heal with conservative, non-surgical methods. However, some patients with herniated discs may have sustained, chronic pain that does not improve with non-surgical treatments. These patients may be good candidates for a lumbar micro endoscopic discectomy.
The best way to know if you are a good candidate for this surgery is to consult an experienced spine surgeon. A skilled specialist will look at factors such as your medical history and advanced images to determine whether you are eligible for this procedure. Typically, ideal candidates for micro endoscopic discectomies are patients with radicular leg pain and a herniated disc that appears on an MRI.
If you suffer from painful back or leg symptoms from a damaged disc in your lumbar and are ready to take the next step towards healing, our skilled team of spine surgeons and specialists can help you achieve relief and regain your quality of life.
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.
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