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Endoscopic Spine Surgery

Less Invasive, Faster Recovery

Utilizing Ultra-Minimally Invasive Technology

Endoscopic microdiscectomy is a new, minimally invasive surgical technique for acutely herniated discs. With this technique, your surgeon places a guide wire to the affected level under fluoroscopic guidance. A series of dilators will then gently open up the space, allowing for a portal trochar to be placed. This trochar serves as a shield to help protect the surrounding nerve and allow your surgeon to remove your disc herniation under direct visualization via a camera and with long tools through a small portal incision.

Conditions That Benefit From Endoscopic Spine Surgery

Benefits of Endoscopic Spine Surgery

  • Minimally invasive
  • Minimal blood loss
  • Small portal incision, less scaring
  • Quick recovery
  • Outpatient procedure
  • Less bone removal than the traditional microdiscectomy
  • Posterior structures preserved

Endoscopic Spine Surgery FAQs

How is Endoscopic Spine Surgery Performed?

Through one of our skilled spinal surgeons, endoscopic spine surgery works by safely putting a tiny camera into small parts of the spine and looking at those parts under a magnifying lens. By doing this we can see the nerves, the disc herniations, and can take the pressure off the nerves without removing significant bone or damaging any muscle whatsoever.

What Should I Expect During and After Surgery?

Endoscopic surgery is minimally invasive procedure that can quickly be performed under twilight or general anesthesia. Using local numbing medication and anesthesia, the entire procedure can take as little as an hour, and the patient is able to move freely and go home soon after.

Endoscopic spine surgery has unleashed new potential for faster, safer, and more effective surgical recoveries.

Who Can Be Treated With Endoscopic Spine Surgery?

This innovative treatment option typically is performed on those patients with an acute disc herniation. Meaning th herniation occurred approximately 3 months or less.

What are the Advantages of Having Endoscopic Surgery?

Spinal endoscopic surgery offers a huge advantage over traditional types of spine surgeries in many circumstances. During traditional spine surgeries, big muscle incisions with lots of muscle disruption and lots of bone removal are often times needed. While using an endoscope, we can do it without disrupting all that muscle, without removing all that bone. Ultimately, it means smaller incisions, less muscle cutting, less muscle back pain, faster recovery after surgery, and better long-term outcomes with surgery.

Meet Our Spinal Surgeons

Dr. Thomas Schuler

Spine Surgeon
Founder of Virginia Spine Institute
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Christopher Good

Spine Surgeon
President of Virginia Spine Institute

Dr. Colin Haines

Spine Surgeon
Director of Research

Dr. Ehsan Jazini

Spine Surgeon

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Reviewed by: Dr. Christopher Good.