An intralaminar lumbar microendoscopic discectomy is a surgical procedure used to relieve pain from irritated nerve roots being compressed by herniated disc tissue. Herniated discs occur when there is a tear in a spinal disc, allowing the disc material to migrate out of the disc, pushing against nerve roots.
Unlike traditional open back surgery, the intralaminar lumbar microendoscopic discectomy allows our expert surgeons to complete the entire procedure through small incisions, avoiding any additional trauma commonly associated with larger incisions.
Our intralaminar lumbar microendoscopic discectomy allows you to get back to your life within days, rather than struggling through a long and arduous recovery. Other benefits include:
- Small incisions
- Shorter overall recovery
- Shorter or no hospital stay
- Minimal scarring or muscle damage
- Reduced risk of infection and complication
What is our Intralaminar Lumbar Microendoscopic Discectomy?
Before the lumbar discectomy surgery, anesthesia is administered to the patient and the patient is positioned lying face down. After using a portable X-ray machine to confirm the location of the protruded disc, the surgeon will use a minimally invasive 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 an intralaminar lumbar microendoscopic discectomy 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 moving any nerve roots away from the herniated disc, the herniated portion of the disc is removed and the disc is treated to help prevent any future herniation.
Once the surgeon confirms that the disc is no longer pressing on any nerve roots and the intralaminar lumbar microendoscopic discectomy is complete, the cannula is removed. A small bandage is then placed over the incision. Often patients are able to return home the same day as the intralaminar lumbar microendoscopic discectomy and can return to their normal routines within one to six weeks.
Common conditions treated by the intralaminar lumbar microendoscopic discectomy
As we grow, and age, our spines and the elements that are comprised therein begin to degenerate, causing a number of conditions that can result in chronic and severe pain and symptoms.
The intralaminar lumbar microendoscopic discectomy is able to treat a variety of these types of conditions including:
Common symptoms alleviated by the intralaminar lumbar microendoscopic discectomy
Though common, the conditions above can cause pain and symptoms that can be debilitating. Though these conditions may impact each patient differently, some of the most commonly treated symptoms by the minimally invasive lumbar laminectomy/discectomy include:
- Localized pain
- Numbness in legs or feet
- Radiating pain into the lower back, buttocks and legs
- Loss of control or motion
- Inability to move without pain
Dr. Bryce Benbow has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.