Endoscopic Discectomy is an outpatient surgical procedure to remove herniated disc material.
On average the procedure takes only about an hour.
With the help of x-ray fluoroscopy and magnified video for guidance, a small endoscopic probe is inserted between the vertebrae and into the herniated disc space. Tiny surgical attachments are the sent down the hollow center of the probe to remove a portion of the offending disc.
X-ray exposure is minimal. You normally will feel very minimal, if any pain or discomfort. The amount of tissue removed varies but the supporting structure of the disc is not affected by the surgery. The access route to the disc consists of only the probe's small puncture site, in comparison to large incisions required for open surgery.
Endoscopic Discectomy is different from open lumbar disc surgery because there is no traumatic back muscle dissection, no bone removal, or large skin incision.
The risk of complications that may occur with conventional surgery are drastically reduced or eliminated with this procedure.
For more information, please contact our office at 973.470.4040 for an appointment or You may also request an appointment or contact us by email.