An endoscopic facetectomy is a procedure that uses minimally invasive techniques to remove spine growth resulting from facet disease.
In most of our patients at Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Care, the endoscopic technique is preferred over a more traditional open surgery, because the recovery time is generally faster and the procedure requires less invasive surgical techniques.
Is Endoscopic Facectomy right for me?
There are several spinal conditions that can cause facet disease, the most common including degenerative disc disease and facet joint syndrome. The natural process of aging, injuries, or excessive wear-and-tear can also be contributing factors to the condition.
If you are experiencing the following symptoms, or your condition has not improved with more conservative treatments, you should talk with your doctor or make an appointment with Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Care about an endoscopic facetectomy procedure:
- Radiating pain
- Pain that persists for three months or longer
- Limited mobility in the neck or back
- Weakness, tingling or numbness in the extremities
- Difficulty performing regular daily activities without pain
The minimally-invasive, endoscopic approach to a facetectomy allows for a surgeon to remove a small portion of bone, relieving pressure on nerves and other spinal structures. If necessary, other surgical procedures may be performed alongside the facetectomy to treat any other conditions that might exacerbate nerve compression or impingement.
Am I Candidate for Endoscopic Facectomy?
A facetectomy relieves pressure on your spinal nerves and blood vessels, which helps to provide relief from pain, numbness, and other symptoms. Dr. Joseph Weinstein uses the endoscopic approach because it can be performed as an outpatient procedure, and typically our patients are able to leave the hospital on the same day as the procedure.
All surgeries come with some kind of risk, so you should consider more conservative treatments for your condition. If you are suffering from chronic pain, weakness or numbness, and non-surgical treatments have not provided relief for your condition, you may want to discuss endoscopic facetectomy with your doctor.
If you have questions about your condition, are experiencing pain, or want to know more about minimally-invasive surgical treatments, make an appointment for a consultation with Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Care today. We look forward to helping you!