Laser Endoscopic Discectomy

Laser Endoscopic Disectomy is the surgical removal of bulging or herniated disc material that is pressing on the spinal cord or nerve root. This procedure is minimally invasive and uses an endoscope, which is a tiny camera attached to the end of a rigid or flexible tube that is inserted into the body. The camera allows the surgeon to see what is putting pressure on the spinal cord or nerve root and where. The surgeon then uses mechanical tools or a laser to vaporize the disc material that is pinching the spinal cord or nerve roots. This procedure is generally performed under IV sedation and a local anesthetic.The patient typically is awake within minutes of the surgery and often is able to be discharged home within hours ambulating.

This procedure is designed to treat:

  • Bulging/herniated disc
  • Pinched nerve
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative disc disease

Benefits of this procedure:

  • Less than 1/4 inch incision
  • Outpatient procedure
  • minimal collateral damage
  • Quick recovery and faster return to work