Lumbar Endoscopic Discectomy
A Lumbar Discectomy is a minimally to openly invasive procedure to remove a herniated or degenerative disc in the lower spine. The incision is made through the back muscles, to locate and remove the disc causing nerve pain and discomfort.
WHAT IS LUMBAR ENDOSCOPIC DISCECTOMY?
Dependent on your unique case, a variety of surgical instruments and techniques will be catered to perform your discectomy.
There are two main approaches which are the open technique, uses a large skin incision and muscle retraction so that the surgeon can directly view the area, and the minimally invasive technique called a microendoscopic discectomy which uses a small skin incision.
COMMON CONDITIONS TREATED BY LUMBAR ENDOSCOPIC DISCECTOMY:
- Persistent pain, numbness or weakness in your foot/leg
- Diagnostic results that show a herniated disc
- Sciatica or Leg pain that is more acute then back pain
- Condition has not improved with conservative care (physical therapy)
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR LUMBAR ENDOSCOPIC DISCECTOMY?
If you have symptoms that have not improved with physical therapy or other forms of conservative care and positive diagnostic results, you may be a candidate for this procedure.
WHAT OUR PATIENTS ARE SAYING
[Since my bulging disc correction] I haven't had pain in my leg at all and had only a little pain in my back from my surgery, but zero pain in my legs, the sciatica is gone.
Edward, age 55, bulging disc injury
Today my back and hip feel tremendous. My legs are still a bit weak, possibly from nerve damage that occurred prior to surgery. I’m going to physical therapy 3 times per week. I was back at work on November 15th, 3 weeks after surgery.
Robert, age 58,
history of disc herniation and previous surgeries
Nobody likes to be injured and neck surgery is a delicate procedure, but Dr. Massoud explained what needed to be done, which made me feel more comfortable. [Post-surgery] I felt great, and today the pain is completely gone.
Francisco, Age 48, Cervical Injury