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 to 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.
You are admitted in the hospital. The patient/ relative is explained the procedure in detail and consent is undertaken. Pre-anaesthesia checkup (PAC) is done. Once cleared, patient is shifted to OT for procedure. Post procedure, the patient is moved to recovery area and once patient is stable, patient is moved to 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 surgery which is performed. There may be bruising around the area which is not abnormal.