Endoscopic diskectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to treat herniated disks in the spine. The procedure is performed through a small incision in the back, using an endoscope to visualize the affected area.
During the procedure, the surgeon will make a small incision in the back and insert an endoscope, which is a thin tube with a light and camera at the end. The endoscope is used to view the affected area and guide the surgeon in the removal of the herniated disk. The herniated portion of the disk is then removed through the endoscope, relieving pressure on the spinal nerves and reducing pain.
Endoscopic diskectomy has several advantages over traditional open diskectomy surgery. Because it is a minimally invasive procedure, it typically involves less pain, scarring and recovery time than traditional surgery. Additionally, endoscopic diskectomy is less likely to damage surrounding tissue, which can lead to a faster recovery.
Patients who undergo endoscopic diskectomy typically experience a significant reduction in pain and an improvement in their overall quality of life. Most people are able to return to their normal activities within a few weeks of the procedure, although some may require more time to fully recover.
It is important to note that endoscopic diskectomy is not suitable for all patients, and that a patient’s suitability for the procedure will depend on their individual condition and the location of their herniated disk. In some cases, traditional open diskectomy or other surgical options may be more appropriate.
Overall, endoscopic diskectomy is a safe and effective treatment option for herniated disks, offering patients a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgery with less pain, scarring and recovery time. If you are experiencing pain from a herniated disk, it is important to speak with your doctor to determine the best treatment options for your individual condition.