Endoscopic Spine Surgery In Plano, TX

by Administrator 5. January 2015 11:37

Endoscopic spine surgery is a minimally invasive technique that involves the use of an endoscope to treat various chronic and acute conditions of the cervical and lumbar back. An endoscope is a thin fiber optic video camera that can be used to have a clear view of internal parts of the spine. The built-in enlargement camera and the light source, allows for direct imaging of the spinal structures in a video screen attached to the endoscope.

In an Endoscopic Surgery, the spine surgeon attempts to remove the adhesions or tissues from around the constricted nerves. This procedure aims to diagnose the damage caused to the spinal nerves and relocate or remove some of the damaged tissues. This allows the medications to reach the affected areas so that the conditions and its related symptoms can be treated.  Endoscopic spine surgery is also known as ‘Epiduroscopy’ as the surgeon looks into the epidural space during the surgery.

Some of the cases in which endoscopic spine surgery can be an effective treatment options are:

  • If the patient has suffered from herniated discs more than one time
  • Patients with Spinal Stenosis, Bone Spurs, slipped vertebrates and Spinal Joint Arthritis
  • When conservative treatment for back problems are not being effective

The Procedure

Endoscopic spine surgery may be performed under the effect of local anesthesia with the patient being fully awake. A small incision that is usually less than 10 mm is made. Proper care is taken to prevent the surrounding nerves, muscles and arteries from any damage. The spine surgeon inserts the endoscopic tubes through the incision, which are the path for the micro-instruments required to perfume the surgery.

With an endoscope, the surgeon is able to view the spinal anatomy on a monitor. The damaged structures are then removed without affecting any other part of the spine. After the procedure, the incisions are carefully sealed with sutures and covered with a bandage.

Benefits

  • Usually performed on outpatient basis
  • No general anesthesia
  • Less risk involved
  • Smaller incisions
  • Less visible scars
  • Shorter recovery period
  • Less blood loss
  • Minimal damage to muscles and supporting tissues
  • Less chances of infection
  • Earlier return to work and daily activities
  • Lesser post-operative complications
  • Reduced dosage of pain medications

For more information about Endoscopic Spine Surgery, feel free to contact Dr. Burg in Plano, TX. To schedule an appointment, you can call at (972) 985 – 1072.

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