Endoscopic spine surgery patients are put under general anaesthesia, so they are not awake during the procedure and are not aware of any pain. The doctor will normally assess your level of discomfort when you awaken and decide whether you need any medicine to lessen it. After surgery, the majority of patients frequently get alleviation from their back discomfort.
Endoscopic spine surgery may be able to permanently resolve your particular spinal issue. The delicate nerves that run through the spinal column are being compressed by disc herniations or degeneration, which is what causes the majority of spine pain. These nerves can be cleaned up around and the pressure is relieved through endoscopic spine surgery. However, additional surgery might be necessary for more severe, degenerative spinal problems.
In contrast to open spine surgery, which necessitates scaling or cutting through muscles and soft tissue to get access to the spine, endoscopic spine surgery just necessitates that spine surgeons/neurosurgeons move the soft tissues out of the way as they descend to the damaged area of the spine. This delicate method is far less painful after surgery and is safer.
The surgeon can use specialised tools to shave, clip, or extract the damaged disc or spine segments that are pressing against the nerves once the endoscope has reached the affected area of the spine.
The endoscope is unrivalled in terms of visualisation, it is better than open surgery. Surgeon can always see exactly where they're working and what's going on in the rear thanks to the high-definition camera and a bright light source.
The operating surgeon views a monitor in front of him that is hooked up to the endoscopic camera as he does the procedure. The surgeon must use their hands while observing a screen, making this portion of the procedure unquestionably one of the most technical.
Decades of specialised training are necessary to be able to perform this with the level of precision needed for spine surgery.
An actual illustration of what a neurosurgeon observes during an endoscopic spine surgery is shown below.
A small keyhole incision in the back, typically measuring 7mm, is made by the surgeon during an endoscopic spine surgery, and a specialised endoscope is then inserted into the afflicted area of the spine.
This endoscope is made specifically for spine surgery and has space for a high-definition camera, a light source, a working channel for the instruments of the surgeon, and an irrigation channel.
This removes the need to open up a significant portion of the back and offers the surgeon everything they need to carry out their procedure safely and effectively.
In the past, patients were anticipated to stay in the hospital for at least two to three days following surgery to recover. Now, patients can leave the hospital the day of their surgery in less than 24hrs without experiencing any discomfort, Thanks to improved technology and minimally invasive procedures.