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Is an endoscopic discectomy a good suggestion for people with a herniated disk?

Is an endoscopic discectomy a good suggestion for people with a herniated disk?

Sometimes: Several surgeons use an endoscope to do the disc removal while many more use a microscope. As long as the surgeon is well trained in the procedure then it is a viable (although less common) option. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Tromanhauser
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Discectomy (Definition)

Discectomy is the a surgical procedure in which the ruptured portion of a ruptured spinal disc (the pad between two vertebrae) is removed. Disc tissue near the rupture may also be removed, but usually most of the disc is saved. If a spinal fusion is needed, a more ...Read more


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Which is better in removing herniated disc ..The microdiscectomy vs endoscopic discectomy ?

Disc herniation: Both approaches to removing disc herniations are effective. The location of the herniation will dictated the best approach, whether more from the middle of the spine to an approach from the side of the spine. Many spine surgeons have experience with both microdiscectomy and endoscopic. It is important to discuss these approaches with the surgeon. ...Read more

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Is an endoscopic percutaneous discectomy to remove herniated np thereby disrupting integrity of disc a good ideafor someone in high impact sports?

Is an endoscopic percutaneous discectomy to remove herniated np thereby disrupting integrity of disc a good ideafor someone in high impact sports?

May be: If the disc is large enough that you are having weakness and/or constant numbness/pain in your leg(s), a minimally invasive discectomy (microscopic or endoscopic) is typically a good option. Please consult your neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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What are your thought on a cervical endoscopic discetomy c-5?

What are your thought on a cervical endoscopic discetomy c-5?

Depends: It depends upon who is performing the procedure. It is a minimally invasive way of performing a cervical discectomy. A traditional anterior cervical discectomy or even a posterior discectomy are both very well tolerated operations even when not done endoscopically. ...Read more

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How should I sleep after a micro discectomy?

Whichever way that: Makes you the most comfortable. However you shouldn't sleep in sitting position. ...Read more

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Does a micro discectomy bring results?

Does a micro discectomy bring results?

YES!!: Microdiscectomy, whether performed traditionally or thru miss technique performed for the correct diagnosis routinely result in excellent results. For discectomy there is a 90% excellent outcome. Hopefully in the future we will be able to achieve a 100% excellent outcome! ...Read more

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Could a micro discectomy bring positive results?

Yes: In the proper scenario, a microdiscectomy can be very helpful. Disc herniations can cause pain, numbness and weakness. If the symptoms have not gone away with conservative modalities, such as anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, epidural injections, then surgery is a good option. The procedure takes out the herniated portion through a small incision. ...Read more

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During a minimally invasive micro discectomy a CSF leak occurred & repaired should I have been sent home the same day?

During a minimally invasive micro discectomy a CSF leak occurred & repaired should I have been sent home the same day?

Probably: CSF leak is a not uncommon occurrence during microdiscectomy. When this happens, every effort is made at the time of surgery to repair the dural opening and prevent leakage. If CSF leakage through the incision occurs, this should be resutured, and sometimes a reoperation is necessary. The leak usually doesn't occur for several days, however, so there is no advantage to keeping the patient. ...Read more

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I had a micro discectomy L5 s1 feb 15, no more electrocution, but still pain along the same sciatic line 2 months later? It's off the nerve.

I had a micro discectomy L5 s1 feb 15, no more electrocution, but still pain along the same sciatic line 2 months later? It's off the nerve.

Microdiscectomy: It is possible that a residual or recurrent disc herniation could cause persistent pain - an MRI with/without contrast would document this. Also, unfortunately there are also cases in which the nerve has already sustained permanent damage, so even if a microdiscectomy is technically successful and without complications, the nerve damage may not be reversible. ...Read more

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I had micro discectomy 3 months ago for nerve damage on right side which was successful but now get pain around left hip could it be the nerve settling?

I had micro discectomy 3 months ago for nerve damage on right side which was successful  but now get pain around left hip could it be the nerve settling?

This could be that : Even after successful disc surgery which is anticipated 90-95% of the time that due to further disc degeneration, 10% can develop back pain over time and there is a 5% chance of a recurrent disc herniation occuring as well as only a portion of the disc that herniated is removed as the rest remains functional. Avoid smoking, being overweight & exercise regularly to minimize issues. ...Read more

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What should I do to cope with horrific leg pain after a lumbar micro diskectomy?

What should I do to cope with horrific leg pain after a lumbar micro diskectomy?

See your surgeon: Let your surgeon know what is going on. They would be in the best position to provide advice and determine if a new imaging study such as a MRI of the lumbar spine with and without contrast to rule out a recurrent disc herniation is warranted. ...Read more

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Had micro discectomy that went wrong compressed the nerve .Next op removed debris , bone fragments nerve comfy , could scar tissue ruin second op?

Had micro discectomy that went wrong compressed the nerve .Next op removed debris , bone fragments nerve comfy , could scar tissue ruin second op?

Possible: Arachnoiditis is thought to potentially occur in patients who undergo multiple back surgeries. This is a condition felt to be due to traction placed on the spinal cord sac or its internal elements from the formation of scar tissue following surgery. Usually not a huge problem until the patient has had more than a couple of surgeries but even 1 could be all that's needed in some folks. ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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Diskectomy (Definition)

The term discectomy refers to an excision of all or part of a disc. The disc itself is a cartilage structure that is located between two vertebral bodies. Disectomies are typically performed to improve pain and/or function in a patient that had ...Read more