Herniated lumbar discs are the most common cause of lower back and leg pain, but many patients hesitate to have an intervention, because traditional back surgery is sometimes associated with a difficult recovery and serious side effects. The quest for minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) has been ongoing. The latest and least invasive of these techniques is the endoscopic discectomy to treat herniated discs and endoscopic rhizotomy to treat back pain coming from the lumbar facet joints. In Austin, Texas, at Precision Regenerative and Functional Medicine, we have been collaborating with The SMART Clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah since 2014 to promote and perfect endoscopic spine interventions.
The benefits of this modern approach to managing back pain and herniated discs:
Similar to the transition of other surgeries to a scope approach (knee and shoulder arthroscopy, abdominal laparoscopy), endoscopic spine interventions may be an option to the management of back pain from facet joint arthritis or back and leg pain from herniated discs. This approach is not a replacement for any particular spine surgery, but could be a complimentary solution. As with any procedure, the endoscopic spine interventions are not without risk. Challenging adverse results are possible. Therefore, each patient should undergo a thorough diagnostic and therapeutic evaluation prior to any endoscopic spine interventions.
Find out if you are a candidate for endoscopic spine interventions!