Endoscopic Spine Surgery

What is Spine Endoscopy?

Spine Endoscopy, also known as Endoscopic Spine Surgery or Keyhole Spine Surgery, is a minimally invasive technique used to perform spine surgery. This approach involves the use of an endoscope, similar to a laparoscope, which allows surgeons to operate through small keyhole incisions rather than making a large surgical incision.

What are the advantages of Endoscopic Spine Surgery?

One of the main advantages of Endoscopic Spine Surgery is that it minimizes tissue damage, resulting in reduced blood loss and faster recovery times. This technique also avoids interference with the normal architecture of the spine, as surgeons can target the specific area of the spine requiring surgery without touching the surrounding structures. Unlike traditional open spine surgery, no bone needs to be removed and no muscle dissection takes place in endoscopic spine surgery.

Endoscopic spine surgery is typically done under local anaesthetic, which eliminates the potential complications associated with general anaesthesia. Patients are usually able to start walking on the same day and can be discharged from the hospital on the same day. The small keyhole incisions require no external stitches and are cosmetically acceptable, leaving behind barely noticeable scars.

What to expect while preparing for Endoscopic Spine Surgery in India?

When preparing for Endoscopic Spine Surgery in India, patients can expect a significantly reduced hospital stay and blood loss. The success rate of Endoscopic Spine Surgery is very high, at around 99%. Patients can typically return to their place one week after the surgery and can resume work within two weeks.

By Dr Himanshu Tyagi

(Dr Himanshu Tyagi-MCh Orthopaedics, DNB Spine fellowship (F.N.B), MNAMS Orthopaedics, DNB Orthopaedics, MBBS)