Is endoscopic discectomy effective for treatment of herniated disc?
I have a herniated disc at my L5-S1 and i have to do surgery in order to cut of the herniated part. What is the best method ( e.g. Endoscopic Discectomy... ) for this surgery ? I mean the name of the surgery ? How long it takes to recover for the surgery? And just to let you know, i don't have any problem regarding money.
So please tell me the best method ?
Endoscopic Discectomy is best method
Lumbar disc can be removed by many methods. Endoscopic discectomy is best. In this method disc excision is done with the help of endoscope. It needs very small incision and you can start walking from next day. It can be done only when your disc is not much displaced. It is available at very few centers.
Other method is minimal invasive discectomy. In this incision is little bigger and recovery time is five to ten days. It is better procedure when disc is slightly displaced, because with a slight bigger incision decompression is better.
I would suggest you to let your surgeon choose one of the above mentioned method. Soon you will be relieved of pain.
I hope this answer will be helpful. Let me know if there is any other followup questions.
And also would you please tell me about the anesthesia? And how do i know if the disc is much not displaced ( myself )? I am asking this because of MAYBE the lack of equipment in my country IRAN , may make the surgeon to use other methods! So i am asking you if you can maybe show me some examples of MRI in which the endoscopic is ok and which is not ok with endoscopic?
Please send me your fresh MRI
I would suggest you general anesthesia, but let your surgeon decide. Advantage of general anesthesia (Patient is unconscious) is that patient has no memory. And it is much safer.
Other method of anesthesia is spinal, in which patient is conscious. I would recommend general anesthesia.
In MRI report if it is mentioned that disc is migrated or sequestrated than it means disc is displaced.You can send me your MRI report and I can guide you what type of surgery is better for you.
I am waiting.
I am waiting for those reports.
You will need microdissectomy
I have studied your MRI report, and L5S1 disc is showing disc migration both Superior and inferior direction. So endocopy method is not possible.I would suggest you to get general anesthesia and Microdissectomy. Do not delay this surgery as it is looking quite advance. If it is not removed then complication can occur like nerve weakness or bladder bowel problem.
So try to get this procedure as soon as possible.
Endoscopy is also good
I wish you a fast recovery. If your doctor is feels confident that he can tackle this disc with endoscopic discectomy then you can go ahead with this. You are right that you will not need any laminotomy so recovery is faster.
Once again best of luck.It was pleasure talking to you.
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