The Endoscopic Cervical Discectomy back surgery procedure is used to treat a cervical disc tear, bulge, disc herniation, or brachial neuritis. Typical symptoms include persistent headaches, upper back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, or tingling and numbness in upper extremities.
Endoscopic Cervical Discectomy (ECD) may be warranted if symptoms persist for 8-12 weeks after conservative treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments and spinal steroid injections have failed..
We will confirm the existence and location of the cervical disc bulge, tear, or herniation, using CT, discogram and MRI.
This is a surgical procedure where the patient is placed under general anesthesia. A small, tube is inserted into the cervical spine area from the front of the neck under X-ray guidance. By viewing the effected area via a camera inserted in the tube, the herniated disc is found easily.
Depending upon the damage, we can either remove a section of the herniated disc with micro-instruments or treat a small disc bulge or annular tear with a laser. This vaporizes disc material, kills pain nerves inside the disc and hardens the disc to prevent further leakage of disc material to the surrounding nerves.
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