Endoscopic Spine Procedures
Our physicians at The Spine Institute of North America have taken the time outside their busy schedules to travel and train with some of the most innovative thought leaders in minimally invasive spine surgery. Our physicians now offer the most innovative and least-invasive spine procedures that address everyday painful conditions that affect patients.
One such innovative solution is endoscopic spine procedures. These new procedures allow the physician to use an endoscope during the procedure to address the pain generator that is the root cause of neck, back, and leg pain. The physician can use many micro-instruments such as a laser or a radiofrequency ablation tool to selectively decompress or ablate the pain generator.
When a patient needs relief from a herniated, protruded, extruded, bulging disc or disc tear that’s compressing and irritating the spinal nerves, endoscopic spine procedures are the least-invasive surgical option available. Instead of turning to traditional or even minimally-invasive spinal surgery methods, such as a laminectomy, microdiscectomy, or spinal fusion, patients should explore the least-invasive option. Endoscopic spine surgery can help relieve pain in the back and legs, addressing painful conditions without the many potential complications and long recovery times associated with traditional surgical methods.
The Endoscopic Advantages vs. Traditional Spinal Surgery:
- The use of an HD camera in endoscopic surgeries give the spinal surgeon a clearer, up-close view of the spinal damage
- The surgery utilizes an 1/4 inch incision, resulting in less risk of scarring
- Less scar tissue means mobility of the spine is preserved for the patient
- No need for general anesthesia
- Patients experience less pain after the surgery, so there is less reliance on narcotics
- Less recovery time after surgery before you can resume normal activities
- Patients can return to their jobs sooner after surgery
What Types of Conditions do Endoscopic Procedures Treat?
- Arthritis and Bone Spurs of the Spine
- Chronic Facet Disease (Back spasms and pain when leaning back)
- Bulging Disc
- Spondylolisthesis (Slipping of the vertebra)
- Discogenic or Low Back Pain
- Radiculitis or Radiculopathy
- Herniated Disc
- Failed Back Surgery
- Foraminal Stenosis (Narrowing of the spinal canal)
Types of Endoscopic Procedures
- Transforaminal Endoscopic Discectomy – Relieving the pain associated with herniated, protruding, or bulging discs, an endoscopic discectomy is the least-invasive procedure offered.
- Endoscopic Foraminalplasty – Relieving pressure on an exiting nerve or on the spinal cord itself from a herniated disc, scar tissue, or bone spurs, the endoscopic foraminalplasty is one of the least invasive procedures available.
- Endoscopic Annuloplasty – When patients have tears in the annulus walls of their discs, this procedure can treat the nerves grown into the disc causing pain and provide pain relief without the need for a spinal fusion.
- Endoscopic Rhizotomy – For patients suffering from chronic low back pain or muscle spasms, an endoscopic rhizotomy is the least-invasive outpatient procedure that relieves pain.