Endoscopic Discectomy is a minimally invasive procedure (done under X-ray imaging) in which the damaged portion of the disc is removed with an endoscopic probe placed through a small incision in the skin.
This Same Day Outpatient procedure is performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia.
There is a short recovery and a high success rate.
Conditions where Endoscopic Discectomy is used:
Endoscopic discectomy is performed under fluoroscopic guidance.
A small tube is used as a passage for the surgical tools and the tiny camera (endoscope) which guides the physician to the injured area. The diseased area of the disc is taken out with an instrument (grasper) or vaporized with a laser. The tube is then removed and the small incision passage is closed with 1-2 stitches.