How long does an endoscopic discectomy take?
A lumbar endoscopic discectomy takes about 1 hour to perform.
What is the difference between endoscopic discectomy and microdiscectomy?
Microdiscectomy: Open procedure through a short 5-8cm posterior spinal incision with general anaesthesia with overnight hospital admission. Endoscopic discectomy: An arthroscope (camera tube) is passed through a 7.5mm cannula inserted percutaneously with sedation plus local anaesthesia.
Is endoscopic discectomy painful?
For patients with lumbar disc herniation, most received relief from low back and leg pain after percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD). However, 10.4% of patients had short‐term pain recurrence after PELD, termed rebound pain, which could be alleviated by adequate rest and conservative treatment.
Is a discectomy a major surgery?
Discectomy is a common but major surgery with significant risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options. Consider getting a second opinion about all your treatment choices before having a discectomy.
Does a discectomy weaken the back?
A limited discectomy approach leads to a higher risk of reherniation10 when compared to a more aggressive removal of disc. That said, an aggressive discectomy can deflate the disc, resulting in loss of disc height over time (disc collapse), ultimately causing stiffness, pain and instability.
Is a discectomy a major operation?
Are you intubated for a discectomy?
This procedure is performed under general anesthesia, which means you will be totally sedated, be unconscious and feel no pain. Your breathing will be controlled by the anesthesiologist, by insertion of a tube into your trachea (windpipe) called intubation.
What is the difference between endoscopic spine surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery?
Minimally invasive spine surgery is very promising and has the distinct advantage of all endoscopic surgery (avoiding soft tissue and bone trauma). It gives the patient a much faster recovery, with a reduced surgical risk.
How long is hospital stay after discectomy?
Most lumbar microdiscectomy patients are able to go home from the hospital a few hours after the surgery. The traditional approach to recovering from lumbar microdiscectomy has been to limit bending, lifting, or twisting for a minimum of 6 weeks in order to prevent the disc from herniating again.
How long will discectomy surgery last?
It may take about 1 hour. Here is an example of what you might expect: You will receive a local anesthetic so that you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
Is the entire disc removed in a discectomy?
Discectomy is the most common surgery used for herniated disc in the lumbar region. In this procedure, the portion of the disc that is causing the pressure on your nerve root is removed. In some cases, the entire disc is removed. The surgeon will access the disc through an incision in your back (or neck).
How long does it take to recover from endoscopic spine surgery?
The majority of patients will return to work one to two weeks after the procedure, but patients that work physically demanding and labor type jobs should take more time away from work. At six weeks, all patients are able to return to work.
How painful is a discectomy?
You can expect your back to feel stiff or sore after surgery. This should improve in the weeks after surgery. You may have relief from your symptoms right away, or you may get better over days or weeks. In the weeks after your surgery, it may be hard to sit or stand in one position for very long.