Endoscopic Spine surgery is a groundbreaking procedure that allows a surgeon to access the spinal column through a small port placed through an incision less than one centimeter in length. Through the port, a physician uses small tools to repair damaged or diseased disc tissue.
An endoscope allows direct light-based visualization of the anatomy as well as the tissue being removed. The physician also uses fluoroscopy to guide precise placement of the port and instruments to ensure the appropriate level and corresponding diseased area will be accessed.
As with any procedure performed in an outpatient ambulatory surgery center setting, endoscopic spine surgery carries with it a host of clinical and financial benefits for the patient.
During the procedure, the patient is consciously sedated for their comfort. This means that while the patient is awake throughout the surgery, they cannot feel the discomfort associated with the procedure. This level of sedation allows the surgeon to communicate with the patient during the process to ensure a maximum amount of comfort. After surgery, low-dosage Diprivan is offered so that the patient has no recollection of being awake for the surgery.
Patients are typically discharged shortly after surgery to recover in the comforts of home.