Endoscopic Spine Overview
Our surgeon, Dr. Rodriguez has taken time outside his busy schedule to travel and train with some of the most innovative thought leaders in endoscopic spine surgery. Our physician now offers the most innovative and least invasive spine procedures that address everyday painful conditions that patients suffer from and are now able to offer long-term solutions.
One such innovative solution is an endoscopic spine procedure. This new procedure allows the physician to use an endoscope and camera during the procedure to address the pain generator that is the root cause of back and leg pain. The physician can use many micro-instruments such as a laser or radiofrequency ablation tool to selectively decompress or ablate the pain generator.
The endoscopic spine procedure is the least invasive procedure we know of used to treat herniated, protruded, extruded, bulging discs and disc tears that compress or irritate the spinal nerves causing back or leg pain. Patients suffering from painful spinal conditions should consider all less invasive options like pain management and endoscopic procedures before ever considering traditional, open or minimally invasive spine techniques including laminectomy, microdiscectomy or spinal fusion. Proper diagnosis and therapeutic and diagnostic injections are essential for the endoscopic physician to pinpoint the cause of the pain and selectively address the painful condition without causing the patient significant post-operative pain or recovery.
The Endoscopic Advantages vs. Traditional Spinal Surgery and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery:
- Utilizes a HD camera coupled to an endoscope which provides the physician a superior view to that of traditional surgical techniques
- Less than a 1/2 inch incision minimizes potential skin scarring
- No muscle or tissue tearing thus less scar tissue and preserve spinal mobility
- Conscious sedation reduces the risk associated with general anesthesia
- Less post-operative pain and need for narcotic medicines
- Less recovery time needed
- Return to work sooner – as early as one week (under some restriction for lifting weight and certain physical activities)
What Types of Conditions does Endoscopic Procedures Treat?
- Arthritis and Bone Spurs of the Spine
- Bulging Disc
- Discogenic Back Pain
- Herniated Disc
- Failed Back Surgery
- Foraminal Stenosis (Narrowing of the spinal canal)
- Radiculitis or Radiculopathy
- Chronic Facet Disease (Back spasms and pain when leaning back)
Types of Endoscopic Procedures
Transforaminal Endoscopic Discectomy – Endoscopic Discectomy is one of the least invasive procedures offered that relieves pain from herniated bulging, protruded, and extruded disc.
Endoscopic Foraminalplasty – The endoscopic foraminalplasty is one of the least invasive procedures used to relieve pressure on the exiting nerve or spinal cord, caused by herniated disc, bone spurs and scar tissue.
Interlaminer Endoscopic Discectomy – is the least invasive procedure offered that relieves pain from herniated bulging, protruded, and extruded disc. A similar approach to the traditional microdiscectomy, that uses an incision less than ½ inch. This causes less pain and scarring while still providing excellent visualization for the surgeon.