Endoscopic Discectomy

Advantages of an Endoscopic Discectomy (ED)

A form of minimally invasive spine surgery, EDs boast the following advantages:

Minimal blood loss
Outpatient procedure (no hospitalization required)
Minimal scar tissue formation due to smaller incisions
Short recovery time
High success rate
Preservation of spinal mobility
Local anesthesia
No external stitches

Possible Complications

It is important to note that there are general risks involved with any surgical procedure. That said, minimally invasive procedures carry fewer risks than traditional open surgeries. In rare cases, nerve root damage or persisting pain may occur after surgery. To minimize this risk, communicate any discomfort you may have with your doctor after the procedure.

Eligibility Requirements for an Endoscopic Discectomy (ED)

Eligibility for an ED heavily depends on your personal case. You should talk to your doctor about any relative risks or benefits. In some situations, more minimally invasive options such as EDs are not as safe as traditional open surgery. Additionally, some cases cannot be truly treated with minimally invasive surgery. Most doctors typically try more conservative treatments before opting for surgery. If these treatments prove to be ineffective, then surgery may be the next step.

To determine if surgery is right for you, your doctor will need a brief medical history and insurance information. They will need to know about any pre-existing medical conditions you may have. For example, a doctor will need to know if you have any allergies to anesthesia, or if you have a diagnosis such as diabetes. Let your doctor know if you have any bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia. Communicating information like this with your doctor can help you ensure a successful surgical treatment.

Are you considering an endoscopic discectomy to treat your spinal condition? If so, please contact one of our patient advocates at (973) 538-0900. You can also make an appointment online. Our facility employs board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians who specialize in minimally invasive spine surgery. We use cutting-edge conservative options and state-of-the-art surgical management to ensure that you receive the best treatment plan for you.