Anyone with chronic back and leg pain will tell you that this is one of the most limiting medial conditions a person can experience, as it often causes non stop pain and prevents people from enjoying their day to day activities. Even ordinary activities such as reaching over to tie one’s shoes can be a painful experience.
In addition, many people are not able to sleep well, because they cannot get comfortable due to the pain. Often leg and back pain are caused by herniated, protruded, extruded or degenerative disks, which put pressure on the nerve, causing the pain. Traditional surgical techniques often are invasive procedures that correct the issue. While generally effective in alleviating the pain, there is a significant recovery time associated with the procedure, as well as the risk of infection. In addition, often an overnight hospital stay is necessary.
Now there is an alternative surgical procedure where the highly skilled surgeon uses an endoscope, which is a small surgical tool that has a high definition camera and a light. The area is accessed with a small incision in the back and the surgeon is able to use the endoscope, which is the size of a pencil, to take off the pressure of the nerve.
Due to the small size of the instruments used, little if any, scar tissue is formed. In addition, the bone in the patient’s spine is not destabilized. One of the best things about endoscopic spine surgery is that it is an outpatient procedure and often patients are able to resume normal activities within 10 days of the procedure, pain free!
Posted on behalf of Armin Oskouei