What is Endoscopic Discectomy ?
Endoscopic discectomy is a minimally invasive procedure which is used to remove herniated disc pressing on nerve roots and causing pain in the lower back and limb(lumbar), or neck or arms(cervical). In this procedure, mild anesthesia is provided and a small metal tube is inserted into the spine which serves as a passage for surgical tools. A piece of herniated disc is pulled out with a grasper under the guidance of the X-ray fluoroscopy and direct visualization. The incision is then closed with a stitch or two. The whole procedure of discs herniation takes about 30 to 45 minutes, the patient goes home on the same day.
- Shorter recovery time.
- Higher success rate.
- Minimal blood loss.
- Local anaesthesia.
- Same day surgery.
- Minimal scar tissue.
After the physical assessment, you shall be medically investigated on OPD basis for your spinal problem. Once investigations and medical assessment are completed your surgery shall be planned. You will be advised to get admitted on the day of surgery. The surgery takes about 30 to 45 minutes, the patient goes home on the same day.
You are admitted to the hospital. The procedure is explained to the patient/ relative in detail and consent is undertaken. Pre-anaesthesia checkup (PAC) is done. Once cleared, the patient is shifted to OT for the procedure. Post-procedure, the patient is moved to the recovery area and once stable, the patient is moved to the respective room. There may be a bit of pain for which you will be given analgesics. You shall then be discharged with medical and follow up advise.
You may be advised to see the surgeon after a week for stitch removal. Follow up is also important to see if healing is proper. Initially, there may be some soreness and pain depending on the type of surgery which is performed. There may be bruising around the area which is not abnormal.