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Intralaminar Lumbar Micro Endoscopic Discectomy

Intralaminar Lumbar Micro Endoscopic Discectomy

A surgical procedure to relieve pain from irritated nerve roots being pressed upon by herniated disc tissue.


Intralaminar Lumbar Micro Endoscopic Discectomy

An intralaminar lumbar microendoscopic discectomy is a surgical procedure to relieve pain from irritated nerve roots being pressed upon by herniated disc tissue. Herniated discs occur when there is a tear in a spinal disc, with disc material coming out of the disc to push against nerve roots.

Before the procedure, anesthesia is administered to the patient and the patient is positioned laying face down. After the surgeon uses a portable x-ray machine to confirm the location of the protruded disc, they perform a minimally invasive AccuCision® Spine procedure to make a small incision on the patient’s back near the spine. A dilator is passed through the incision, followed by the surgeon passing a very thin tube known as a cannula over the dilator. Once the dilator is removed, the cannula acts as a working channel for the surgeon to access the protruding disc. Next, the surgeon inserts a tiny HD camera through the cannula, allowing a clear view of the area.

The next step in the AccuCision procedure is to create a small hole in the ligaments covering the rear of the spinal canal to allow the surgeon access to the herniated discs. After gently pushing any nerve roots away from the herniated disc, the herniated portion of the disc is removed and the disc is treated to prevent any future herniation.

Once the surgeon confirms that the disc is no longer pressing on any nerve roots, all tools are removed from the cannula, and the cannula itself is removed. A small bandage is then placed over the incision. Patients are often able to return home the same day, and can return to their normal routines within one to six weeks.

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