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Endoscopic spine surgery

When should I consider surgery?

Surgery should always be the last resort when it comes to treating spinal conditions in the neck and back. However, if various non-operative treatments have been attempted without improvement or worsening over a 6-12 month period, then surgical treatment seems reasonable for certain specific conditions such as spinal stenosis, sciatica, spondylolisthesis or degenerative scoliosis. The decision for surgery should be individualized to the patient and the patient's symptoms, along with their level of function


What are the advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery?

Prevents collateral damage, Preserves muscle attachments, Preserves muscle innervation, Preserves muscle blood supply, Maintain function, Rapid rehabilitation, Reduced pain and Reduced blood loss.


Am I a candidate for Endoscopic Spine Surgery?

The field of minimally invasive spine surgery continues to grow. Most surgeries today can be treated with some aspect of minimally invasive surgery. However, there are certain conditions that require standard open treatment, such as high-degree scoliosis, tumors and some infections


You may be a candidate for endoscopic spine surgery if

  • You have leg pain, tingling and numbness made worse by sitting, bending or arching your back.
  • You have no relief of symptoms after 6 months of conservative management including rest and physical therapy.
  • You have no benefit even after epidural and transforaminal steroid injections.

How long will I be in the hospital?

In general, minimally invasive spine surgery decreases the hospital stay by one-half. In a typical endoscopic discectomy, the surgeries are performed in the same day, and the patients go home shortly after surgery on the same day.


How long is the recovery?

Recovery from each surgery is different. Some patients return to full activity in 6 weeks while other patients require more time. We encourage all patients to participate in a physical therapy program to safely begin the process of returning to all normal activities

The decision to return to work should be individualized to the patient, as well as the patient's occupation. For patients with sedentary jobs, such as office work, a endoscopic discectomy would allow that patient to begin part-time work within 1-2 weeks. For a larger surgery such as a fusion, this may take 4-6 weeks. Again, return to work is much faster using minimally invasive surgery vs. standard open surgery but this decision is individualized to special needs of each patient.


What are the benefits of Endoscopic Spine Surgery?

  • Predictable relief of back and leg pain.
  • Sutureless
  • No scar
  • Shorter hospital stay – At the most one day.
  • No postoperative pain.
  • No risk of neurological injury.
  • Done under local anaesthesia.
  • Extremely safe on patients about 65 years of age with multiple comorbidities like Diabetes, Blood pressure and ischemic heart disease.
  • Shorter recovery time – a few months instead of a year – and quicker return to daily activities, including work.
  • No blood loss during surgery
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • No need of antibiotics.
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Success Stories

Dr Abhijit pawar

My wife Pramila shinde had spinal tuberculosis and she was bed ridden due to paralyisis. Paralysis at such young age and her life became miserable. She underwent a successful spine surgery with instrumentation with Dr Abhijit Pawar. Within one week after surgery her condition improved. She is completely normal now.

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