Endoscopic Discectomy is a back surgery procedure intended to relieve back pain and sciatica. Because it is a minimally invasive procedure, it can be accomplished with local anesthesia. The patient is awake during the entire procedure. A small needle is inserted into the effected disc. Over the needle, a slightly larger probe is slipped into the disc itself. Using micro-instruments and the laser probe, we focus only on the damaged disc material, then treat the tissue around the disc with a radio frequency electrode to control bleeding and ablate the pain fibers.
Disc material is not removed; instead it is reduced by the laser. A small amount of tissue is excised from the center of the disc, which reduces pressure on adjacent nerve roots. While providing pain relief, Endoscopic Laser Disectomy is minimally invasive, cost-effective and free of postoperative pain syndrome.
The procedure takes about 30 minutes to an hour per disc, on average. X-ray exposures are minimal. The amount of disc removed and shrinkage by the laser varies, but includes only the herniated and damaged portion. The supporting structure of the disc is not affected.