Lumbar Endoscopic Discectomy


This minimally invasive laser spine procedure helps shrink and then remove herniated discs in the lumbar, or lower, region of the spine.

It is performed under local anesthesia and makes use of specially designed micro-instruments, a discectome (a hollow probe containing a knife for cutting) and a laser probe that are inserted into the disc space through a small incision and under x-ray guidance. During the surgery, which takes less than 30 minutes, small pieces of the disc are removed with the discectome. The laser is used to further shrink the disc, leaving the supporting structure of the disc in tact. There is no postoperative pain and the incision is covered with a small band-aid.

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