Endoscopic Discectomy Revision
Endoscopic spine surgery is the least invasive form of spine surgery. Patients undergo an outpatient procedure through a very small incision and usually go home the same day. Endoscopes were first used in orthopedic surgery to perform arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery. Endoscopic discectomy uses a very small scope, smaller than a number 2 pencil, to access the herniated disc. The incision is much smaller than that used in so called laser spine surgery. This results in less soft tissue disruption, less post op pain, and quicker recovery. Most patients go home the same day. Endoscopic spine surgery is performed through a small tube about the size of a pencil. The scope is placed into the disc under the guidance of a special x-ray machine called a fluoroscope or C-arm. Working through the scope, disc material is removed which decompresses the nerve roots, and relieves pain. OrthoAlabama is the first practice in Alabama to offer the cutting edge discectomy procedure known as endoscopic discectomy. Minimally invasive spine surgery is becoming the gold standard and endoscopic discectomy is the least invasive technique for herniated disc surgery. Just as arthroscopy revolutionized shoulder, knee, hip, and elbow surgery, endoscopic discectomy will offer the same benefits to patients with disc herniation. The arthroscope made old fashion surgery with large incisions, a prolonged recovery and high levels of post-operative pain obsolete for patients with knee and shoulder problems. Endoscopic surgery will do the same for spine surgery. Dr. Savage Sr. performed the first minimally invasive spine surgery in Alabama in the 1970’s consisting of percutaneous discectomy. Dr. Lauren Savage performed the first clinical research on minimally invasive spine surgery in Alabama when he reported those early percutaneous discectomy results. Today, Dr. Greg Gullung, Dr. Savage Sr. and Dr. Savage Jr. bring endoscopic spine surgery to Alabama. They are the first in our state to perform the procedure and offer it to patients suffering with back and leg pain from disc problems. Dr. Gullung, Dr. Savage Sr. and Dr. Savage Jr. have all attended advanced training courses in endoscopic spine surgery. The board certified orthopedic spine surgeons of OrthoAlabama are all trained in Endoscopic discectomy. They can help you achieve the pain relief you need with the least invasive and most advanced minimally invasive spine surgery techniques in the world today.