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Lumbar Endoscopic Diskectomy

Lumbar Endoscopic Diskectomy

Disease Overview

The lower back or lumbar region is often the site of pain due to its high mobility and weight bearing. Spongy disks present between the vertebral bones helps cushion the spine during stress and movement. The intervertebral disks in the lumbar region may get damaged due to stress, causing them to herniate or rupture, and compress on adjacent spinal nerves. This can lead to lower back pain, as well as pain, weakness, and numbness in the lower legs. 

What is Lumbar Endoscopic Diskectomy?

Lumbar endoscopic diskectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to treat a herniated or ruptured disk and relieve pressure on the spinal nerves.

Lumbar Endoscopic Diskectomy Procedure

Lumbar endoscopic diskectomy is performed under local anesthesia. With the help of imaging studies, your doctor identifies the affected disk and inserts a metal tube into the disk space. An endoscope, a lighted viewing tube with a camera, is introduced through the metal tube to enable your doctor to view enlarged live images on a monitor. Instruments are then introduced through the metal tube and the surgery performed under image guidance. The herniated or ruptured disk is removed and components placed to stabilize the spine.

Advantages of Lumbar Endoscopic Diskectomy 

Lumbar endoscopic diskectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that usually results in lower blood loss, less pain, minimal tissue damage, shorter hospital stay, and a faster recovery. 

Risks and Complications of Lumbar Endoscopic Diskectomy 

Though complications are rare, lumbar endoscopic diskectomy may be associated with prolonged pain, infection, bleeding, nerve injury and spinal fluid leakage. 

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