Disc problems are a common cause of back and neck pain, putting pressure on the surrounding nerves and tissues. When spinal discs are herniated, or protruding from an injury or degenerative issues, routine movement can be painful, and the quality of life can be compromised. At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive surgical options that can repair spinal discs without the need for conventional surgery.
Discs in the spine can rupture or herniate due to severe impact, but injury is not always the cause. The outer shell of the spinal discs can become brittle with age, leaving them at risk of cracking. When a spinal disc is damaged, the softer interior can protrude, pressing on nerves and tissues around the spine. This can cause localized pain, or sciatic pain that can radiate down through the buttocks, hips and legs. Pain medications only mask the issue; for long-term relief, repairing the disc is needed to relieve the pressure that is causing pain and dysfunction.
What is an Endoscopic Discectomy?
An endoscopic discectomy uses a tiny endoscope to enter the spinal area to repair the damaged disc. A very small incision is made to allow the endoscope to access the disc. Our experienced spinal surgeons use a fluoroscope to guide the endoscope to the disc and complete the needed repairs. In some cases, parts of the damaged disc are removed, while in others the disc is only repositioned. This is an outpatient procedure that often only takes about one hour, yet it can be extremely effective in relieving pain caused by herniated or damaged discs.
Endoscopic discectomy is a much less invasive option for treating herniated discs with less risk and a much shorter recovery period. Our patients have had excellent results from this procedure, which causes less scar tissue and long-term problems in comparison to traditional surgery. If you have been suffering from pain due to a damaged or herniated spinal disc, contact one of our clinics today to schedule a consultation to learn more about endoscopic discectomy and our other treatment options to help you resolve your back pain.