What is an Intralaminar Lumbar Microendoscopic Discectomy?
When a disc in the lower back (lumbar) region herniates or ruptures and presses on a nerve root, it can cause severe pain throughout the lower back, buttocks and legs. Our cutting-edge Intralaminar Lumbar Microendoscopic Discectomy is a minimally invasive procedure designed to remove the bulging portion of the herniated disc, relieve pressure and pain on the nerve root, and treat the disc wall to prevent further leakage. This procedure requires the patient to lay on their stomach to allow surgeons to access the spine through their back. Our highly skilled surgeons will then use an endoscope (tiny camera) to carefully guide the procedure via a larger monitor.
Some of the benefits associated with an Intralaminar Lumbar Microendoscopic Discectomy include:
- Minimally invasive surgery requires only a tiny incision made in the lower back, leading to less blood loss, minimal scarring, and only a small bandage required to cover the incision.
- Spine remains stable because the surgeon will remove only the disc area that is herniated and causing pressure on the nerve root.
- Fast recovery that typically allows the patient to return to their daily life, work and activities much sooner than traditional open surgery.
Our Treatment Approach
With the patient lying down and under anesthesia, Minimally Invasive SpineCARE’s surgeons will begin the Intralaminar Lumbar Microendoscopic Discectomy. This procedure will typically cover the following steps:
- Our surgeons insert a tube known as a cannula through a small incision in the patient’s back. From there, they can insert a tiny camera (endoscope) and tools, allowing the surgeon to guide the procedure via larger monitors in the operating room.
- We will remove the herniated portion of the affected disc to relieve pressure on the nerve root while preserving the rest of the disc.
- Finally, the disc wall is treated to prevent further leakage and subsequent pain
Because the surgeon only removes the damaged part of the disc, the spine will remain stable and patients will typically experience immediate pain relief. Generally, this is considered an outpatient procedure that allows patients to go home the very same day.
Advantages of Minimally Invasive Surgery
- 45,000 satisfied patients
- 98% satisfaction rate
- 3mm incision
- Less scarring
- Less blood loss
- Faster recovery time
- Shorter hospital stay
- Increased safety for patient
- Board-certified surgeons