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Endoscopic Laser Discectomy for Herniated Discs

Endoscopic laser discectomy is one of the outpatient, minimally invasive surgical procedures offered by Advanced Spine and Pain for herniated discs.

One of our surgical procedures for herniated discs is an endoscopic laser discectomy, which is a minimally invasive procedure performed on an outpatient basis. Depending on which disc is affected, patients afflicted with a herniated disc can experience pain in the neck, mid or low back, limbs, and buttocks. The severity of pain varies, but may be accompanied by numbness, weakness or muscle fatigue, and tingling sensations.

The Endoscopic Discectomy Procedure

Endoscopic laser discectomy may be the best option to relieve pain caused by a herniated disc. During this type of discectomy our surgeon makes a small incision (about one-eight of an inch) in order to insert a small camera inside of a tube into the spine region. Using microsurgical equipment, the surgeon utilizes a laser to eliminate the disc material thus reducing pressure on the nerve roots and spine. This form of surgery does not tear or cut surrounding muscle tissue. After removing the disc material the surgeon removes the tube and microsurgical tools, applies a small bandage over the wound, and is finished.

Who Could Benefit

An endoscopic laser discectomy is a treatment for herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, prolapsed discs, pinched nerves and bulging discs; among others. In addition to these conditions, symptoms that indicate more serious nerve damage may result in a patient not being a candidate for endoscopic laser discectomy. Rather, they may benefit from another treatment option. A decision can be reached as to the best treatment after an examination and discussion between patient and surgeon.

Patients who have undergone an endoscopic laser discectomy tend to feel immediate relief and are usually able to leave within hours of the surgery.