Performed by utilizing an endoscope, a micro endoscopic posterior cervical discectomy treats compressed nerves that are being impacted due to an abnormal growth of bone or protruded disc in the spine that is causing the sufferer pain and weakness in the arms.
Approaching the affected area from the upper center of the back (posterior), a surgeon begins by making an incision and gradually clearing tissue to make a pathway to the spine. Performed in conjunction with an x-ray to assist with guidance and positioning, once the pathway is adequate the surgeon inserts the endoscope to view the spinal bone. Working around any existing nerves, the protruded disc is repaired and pressure on the nerves is relieved. Fusion is not necessary due to the posterior approach, and the patient is typically discharged shortly after the procedure is completed.
Although symptom relief is often immediate, there are risks associated with micro endoscopic posterior cervical discectomy. It’s possible that nerves may be damaged during the procedure as well as a chance the protrusion and accompanying impact to the nerve will return.