Endoscopic Discectomy

By | April 6, 2015

Just because you can do it doesn't mean that you should do it.

Just because you can do it doesn’t mean that you should do it.

I am writing this blog for the sole purpose of condemning the procedure. Smaller is not always better. In an endoscopic discectomy two incisions each measuring about half and inch, one, the optical channel to introduce the camera and the other, the working channel, to introduce the surgical instruments are made. The camera has a limited field of view and since it is monocular provides no depth perception. Compare this to the standard open microscopic lumbar discectomy with its 1 to 1.5 inch incision, binocular vision and wider field of view. In my opinion to save a half an inch of incision you give up a lot of safety. At Schlesinger Pain Centers we strongly discourage our patients from considering these procedures.

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