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Lumbar Micro-Endoscopic Distectomy Specialist

Michigan Pain Specialists

Pain Management located in Ypsilanti, MI & Adrian, MI

If you’re part of the 80% of American adults who experience back pain, it could be due to a herniated disc. The pain management experts at Michigan Pain Specialists in Ypsilanti and Adrian, Michigan, offer innovative procedures such as the lumbar micro-endoscopic discectomy to treat herniated discs in your lower spine, relieve your pain, and help you get back to your regular activities. Call Michigan Pain Specialists or schedule a consultation online for expert, personalized treatments for lower back pain.

Lumbar Micro-Endoscopic Discectomy Q & A

What is a lumbar micro-endoscopic discectomy?

A lumbar micro-endoscopic discectomy is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure to relieve pressure on a spinal nerve caused by a herniated disc. The Michigan Pain Specialists team uses cutting-edge surgical techniques to access and view your spine. 

Why would I need a lumbar micro-endoscopic discectomy?

The team at Michigan Pain Specialists might recommend a lumbar micro-endoscopic discectomy when other non-invasive treatments haven’t relieved a herniated disc in your lower spine.

You have discs between each of your vertebrae that cushion your bones and allow you to bend and twist your spine. Those discs consist of a soft gel interior encased in a rubbery outer shell.

A herniated disc occurs when the inside of a disc pushes through a small tear or weak spot in the shell. The bulging disc can compress a spinal nerve causing back pain as well as other symptoms that shoot through one or both of your legs.

What happens during a micro-endoscopic discectomy?

If your physician determines that a micro-endoscopic discectomy is the right procedure for you, they begin by preparing you for the surgery. The team carefully cleans your back and provides intravenous anesthesia so you can sleep through the surgery.

Your physician uses fluoroscopy — a special type of X-ray — to confirm the location of your herniated disc. They make a tiny incision in your back and use fluoroscopy to guide a hollow needle called a cannula into the correct part of your spine. 

They also insert a dilator device to create a small amount of space between your vertebrae and an endoscope, which sends a video from inside your spine to a monitor in the treatment room. 

Your doctor uses the endoscope to see your spine and guide the rest of the procedure. They use special tools to remove the herniated part of your disc and relieve the pressure on your spinal nerves. 

What should I expect after a micro-endoscopic discectomy?

You spend a short amount of time in a recovery area as your anesthesia wears off. Your doctor watches you get up and walk around before providing aftercare advice and releasing you to recover at home. 

While you might have some post-surgical tenderness, your herniated disc pain should subside quickly. If you had numbness or tingling sensations, you might need several weeks for those symptoms to disappear. 

If you have severe lower back pain or sciatica symptoms, call Michigan Pain Specialists or make an appointment online today for advanced treatments.