A micro endoscopic discectomy is a minimally invasive procedure in which an endoscope is used to help the doctor remove the herniated disc. Using a guidewire and fluoroscopic X-ray machine, the surgeon will insert a tube that allows an endoscope and other tools to access your spine. During the procedure, soft tissue and bone are removed in order to give the spine surgeon access to the herniated disc. Your surgeon will pull the nerve roots to the side in order to prevent damage during the procedure. Once the herniated portion of the disc is removed, the tube will be removed, allowing the nerve and surrounding tissue to encase the area.
Since the surgery is minimally invasive, only a small bandage is needed at the site of needle entry. Micro endoscopic discectomies are normally outpatient procedures that are performed in one day, allowing patients to return home on the same day of their surgery. Usually, rehabilitation and a 6-week rest and recovery period are needed for optimal results.
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Your spine is composed of 33 vertebrae that are cushioned by discs of cartilage. Sometimes, injuries, aging, or weight strain cause one of the discs to slip out of place, causing a herniated disc. Herniated discs can be extremely painful, causing significant pain to individuals who are affected. Often, this pain can radiate out to the arms and legs, lowering the quality of life for people suffering from a herniated disc. A micro endoscopic discectomy is a surgery that treats herniated discs by removing the exposed component of the disc.
If you have tried conservative methods for your herniated disc but aren’t seeing results, a micro endoscopic discectomy may be a good option for you. This minimally invasive procedure is effective at removing part of the 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 surgery is a viable option to treat your back pain.
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In most cases, people with herniated discs experience pain that is treatable with conservative, non-operative methods. However, a small percentage of patients with herniated discs may have chronic pain that does not improve with conservative treatments.
An experienced spine surgeon can determine if you are a good candidate for the surgery. Factors such as your medical history, physical examination, and advanced images—X-rays and MRIs— will all determine if you are eligible for the surgery. The ideal candidate for micro endoscopic discectomies are patients with radicular leg pain, a positive straight leg, and a herniated disc (shown on an MRI). Ultimately, the choice to undergo surgery is a personal decision that should be made according to a patient’s own benefit-risk analysis.
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 a micro endoscopic 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.
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