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Endoscopic Discectomy: What it is All About

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Posted: May 11, 2018 at 4:49 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

>Herniated or bulging discs are one of the causes of chronic back pain among many people>. There are different treatment methods for the herniated discs. Modern advances in technology have helped come up with better treatment methods.

One recent and most preferred method of treatment is endoscopic discectomy in NJ, which you can have in institutions such as Executive Spine Surgery.

What causes pain in the disc?

The sensation in the back muscles arises from spinal nerve roots. Also, as the vertebrae continue to wear due to disease or age, the collapsing structures can cause a disc to press against a nerve root.

The impairment of a nerve root impairs sensory messages along the pathways of the nerve, and an individual cannot perform even the slightest of tasks. Bending your back close to the damaged disc will result in increased pain.

The procedure of discectomy

When performing endoscopic discectomy, a surgeon uses a device called an endoscope. An endoscope is a long hollow tube that a surgeon uses to manipulate small instruments and view what they are doing through a microscope.

The surgeon first located the damaged disc, and then inserts a needle into the membrane of the disc to reduce the nuclear volume. An instrument through the middle of the needle removes tissues from the disc.

Reducing the interior volume of the disc allows intrusion of the recede and the disc returns to the original shape. The pressure from nearby nerve roots decreases and the discs do not bulge anymore.

Treatment and healing

Although the process sounds complicated, it is not. The entire surgery takes about 45 minutes to one hour. The recovery period is relatively short because the procedure was minimally invasive. You then have to follow up with a single appointment for check up on the healing progress.

Laser technology assists in disc removal through minimally invasive procedures such as endoscopic discectomy. First, you need a proper diagnosis of a soft herniated disc, and the laser will shrink and remove it.