An Endoscopic Discectomy is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure which removes a damaged or herniated disc from the spine. We aim to relieve pain that is cause by a herniated disc pressing on the nerve root or spinal cord in this procedure.
The surgery uses an endoscope to allow us a view of the affected disc and nerves and is performed through a surgical tube.
Herniated spinal discs can cause you to suffer from pain, discomfort, and numbness, symptoms which may extend from the back into the extremities, because of the herniated disc compressing your spinal nerves.
Sometimes we encounter patients at Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Care whose symptoms are so severe that their activity is limited. You should consult with your doctor if your symptoms are not relieved with conservative treatments like medication or physical therapy.
In an endoscopic discectomy, a small incision is made near the damaged area. A tube is then inserted and used to introduce an endoscope and minimally invasive instruments to remove the affected disc. Dr. Joseph Weinstein is able to see where your pinched nerve is, and remove the damaged disc.
It is important to note that there is risk associate with all types of surgery, no matter how minimally invasive.
However, results from a endoscopic discectomy have shown to be comparable with more traditional surgeries, with the benefit being that there is less muscle trauma and blood loss for our patients.
A endoscopic discectomy can provide faster pain relief than nonsurgical treatment, but should not be considered until other, more conservative treatments have been tested. You should consult with your doctor to determine if an endoscopic discectomy is the best approach for your condition.
If you have questions about this procedure or would like to consult with Dr. Joseph Weinstein about your condition, make an appointment with Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Care today!