Spine Procedures
Micro Endoscopic Discectomy

Micro Endoscopic Discectomy

A micro endoscopic discectomy is a surgical procedure to relieve pain from irritated nerve roots being pressed upon by herniated disc tissue.


What is Micro Endoscopic Discectomy?

A micro endoscopic 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.

This minimally invasive AccuCision® Spine procedure begins with a guide wire being inserted into a small incision. Using a portable x-ray machine, the surgeon positions the wire in the correct location to reach the herniated disc. Once the wire is in place, a series of dilating tubes are slid down the wire followed by a tubular retractor being passed over the dilating tubes, opening a working channel for the surgeon. The guide wire and dilating tubes are then removed from the working channel, and a tiny HD camera is inserted. The surgeon is then able to clear away any bone and soft tissue around the herniated disc, gently pushing any nerves in the area away from the disc, and finally remove the herniated portion of the damaged disc.

Once the surgeon confirms that the disc is no longer pressing on any nerve roots, the tubular retractor is removed and a small bandage is then placed over the incision. We perform this procedure as an outpatient procedure, so patients are usually able to return home the same day.

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