Endoscopic laser discectomy

Definition

Selective treatment using flexible endoscopy

Only torn annulus fibrosus would be selectively treated by a flexible endoscopy, while not damaging normal disc tissue. No decrease of disc height which is a common result of conventional surgery. Rare risk of complication, such as inflammation, since only thin instruments, such as pens, are used.

Optionally treatment with an endoscope disk

The aim of a percutaneous endoscopic laser discectomy is to remove the part of the disc that is pushing against the spinal cord or nerve root. A small cut is made in the skin and special equipment including a laser is used to heat and destroy some of the disc and remove the part that is sticking out to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerve root. Rare risk of complication, such as inflammation, since only thin instruments, such as pens, are used.

Indication

  • disk Herniated
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Patients who had no effect from conventional non-surgical treatments
  • Patients with chronic back pain and minimal disc damage

Procedure

  • 1.Local anesthesia of the endoscopy insertion sites
  • 2.Localizing the endoscopy up to the disc under x-ray observation
  • 3.Selective treatment of torn annulus fibrosus without damaging normal disc tissue
  • 4.Rinsing the inside of the disc with saline using automatic pump

Duration

Approximately 30-60 minutes

Hospital stay

The day of discharge ~ approximately 3~7 day