Endoscopic surgical techniques have been around for decades, but it wasn’t until the 1990’s when they became more widely used for the treatment of various spine conditions. Today, endoscopic spine surgery is recognized as a cutting-edge surgery that is solely performed by specially trained surgeons. This minimally invasive procedure is carried out through the use of an endoscope along with specialized instruments which surgeons use to make small incisions in order to access and treat the affected area. For the past 20 years we have used tubular retractors, endoscopes, lasers, and microscopes to perform laminectomies and microdiscectomies. This muscle sparing approach allows for a faster recovery with less post-operative pain. The operation can be performed with moderate sedation. The procedure is an effective solution for patients who experience sciatica and general back pain caused by conditions such as arthritis, stenosis, and disc herniations.
While there are some limitations as to who can be treated with endoscopic spine surgery, it can be extremely helpful for those who are experiencing common types of spinal disorders. While it is a safe and effective procedure for several conditions, these are some of the qualifiers to determine whether or not you are eligible for surgery:
Endoscopic spine surgery is designed to eliminate recurring pain and provide patients with faster recovery times that would not otherwise be achieved through traditional spine surgery techniques. While minimally invasive, any type of surgery can be unnerving if the patient doesn’t know what to expect. Fortunately, we can take you through the procedure step-by-step so you can prepare accordingly:
Traditional surgery often proves to be destructive for the spine. Larger incisions increase the risk of damage and complications, whereas endoscopic spine surgery reduces the likelihood of these outcomes and is an ideal option for patients who are high risk. Compared to open surgery, endoscopic spine surgery offers patients a number of benefits including:
An endoscopic spine surgery requires a high degree of skill and specialized tools in order to be carried out successfully. At Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic, our board-certified surgeons have years of experience and training in complex minimally invasive spine surgery to ensure our patients receive the best care. Talk to your doctor to see if this procedure is the right solution for you.
Contact us today to learn more about endoscopic spine surgery or to schedule a consultation with one of our specialists. We’ll find a solution that works for you! Call us at (601) 366-1011.