EndoScopic Spine Surgery

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An endoscope is an instrument used for visually examining the interior of a bodily canal like the spine (see image) or a hollow organ such as the colon, bladder, or stomach.

Endoscopic spine surgery, a new technique for spinal stenosis surgery, is a term that denotes the use of an endoscope when performing a minimally invasive operation on the cervical or lumbar spine. A thin tube, with a camera attached, is inserted through a small incision in the area where the operation takes place, the images are then cast on a monitor where the surgeon can view and perform the spinal procedure. Watch an animation

Spinal Conditions treated using an Endoscope:

  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Pinched Nerves
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Bulging/Herniated Discs
  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Facet Disease
  • Bone Spurs

Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine Surgery Benefits

  • Shorter recovery times
  • Less anethesia is used
  • Minimal scarring
  • Reduced post-operative pain

Endoscopic Spine Surgery Risks

As with any surgery there is the risk of infection, bleeding, and blood clots. The other risk (not really a risk but a disadvantage) associated with endoscopic spine surgery is that only one level may be operated on during the minimally invasive procedure. Therefore, if the patient has a condition across multiple spine levels another operation will have to be performed.


Endoscopic Microdiscectomy Animation