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Microendoscopic Discectomy

Is Microendoscopic Discectomy Right for Me?

Herniated or damaged discs in the spine can cause you to suffer from discomfort or pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness. These symptoms may extend from the back into the extremities, because of the herniated disc pinching or compressing one or more of your spinal nerves.

Sometimes we encounter patients at Q Spine Institute whose symptoms are so severe that their activity is limited. You should consult with your doctor if your symptoms are not relieved with conservative treatments like pain medication, stretching, or physical therapy.

In microendoscopic discectomy, a small incision is made near the damaged area. A thin wire is inserted, using a fluoroscope as a guide, through the incision and advanced until it comes in contact with the spine. A tube is then inserted, until it reaches the damaged disc — the tube is used to introduce an endoscope and minimally invasive instruments to remove the affected disc. Our experts can see where your pinched nerve is, and remove the damaged part of the disc.

Am I a Candidate for Microendoscopic Discectomy?

It is important to note that there is risk associate with all types of surgery, no matter how minimally invasive.

However, results from a microendoscopic discectomy have shown to be comparable with traditional open surgeries, the benefit being that there is less muscle trauma and blood loss for patients. The shorter procedure and less invasive technique allows for a faster recovery time and return to regular daily activity.

A microendoscopic discectomy can provide faster pain relief than nonsurgical treatment, but should not be considered until other, more conservative treatments have been tested. You should consult with your doctor to determine if a microendoscopic discectomy is the best approach for your condition.

If you have questions about the microendoscopic discectomy procedure or would like to consult with one of our spine surgeons about your condition, make an appointment with Q Spine Institute today!

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