All your Questions on Endoscopic Spine Surgery Answered

The Navaladi Endospine Care Blog is all about making the common person better informed and aware of the amazing technological advancements surrounding the development of Endoscopic Spinal Surgery. The mission statement itself is not quite complete as a standalone, because the quest is to get the general public understand better the mechanism of their own body, especially the back, so that in the unfortunate wake of requiring medical attention, they can commit to Back Surgery with a healthy level of knowledge of the procedures.

At Navaladi Endospine Care the default process for the Surgeon is to first exhaust all avenues of non-surgical solutions, and only when there is a no alternative to surgery proclamation, that the surgeon suggests the path forward. The purpose of this blog is to get the average joe to be more informed of the ailments of the back, and the surgical solutions that are available, apropos what is most suitable to the person. Better understanding is born only of constant questioning. Therefore at the Blog we present a Q&A session on back therapy and back surgery. Your questions answered by the best professionals out there.

In what way is Minimal Invasive Surgery different from Conventional Surgery?
Conventional Back Surgery involves a very long incision along the back followed by cutting away at the muscles in order to access the surgical site. However, in the case of Minimally invasive surgery, as the name itself suggests, there is just a puncture wound created, through which the endoscope and instruments are sent. The Surgeon performs the entire procedure as viewed on the screen from the feed from the endoscope. The muscles are parted for the endoscope to reach the surgical site, and therefore there is no bleeding. As a result of that there is much less trauma to the patient from the procedure and the recovery process is also extremely short, when compared to Conventional Surgery.

What Types of Spine Problems Require Endoscopic Spinal Surgery?
The most common ailment in the case of back surgery is the herniated disc. Disc hernia can happen as a result of excessive wear and tear as a result of an occupational peculiarity, or could happen due to accident or old age. Procedures like Laminectomy and Laminotomy help alleviate the situation, and the technological advancement in these spheres is almost on a daily basis. Apart from herniated discs, sciatica is a common ailment. The onset is also largely occupational as it is a result of repeated bad posture. Kyphosis is a condition that can be existing as a result of a congenital defect. While it is not recommended to be treated at an advanced age, kyphosis treatments are very popular, and help turn around the patient’s life. Spinal stenosis, sciatica, herniated discs and several such ailments are treated using techniques like microdiscectomies, balloon kyphoplasty, laminectomies and so on. The surgeon does the procedure using the endoscope, wherein he is able to see an exact view of whatever the surgeon is going in for.

What about Hospital Stay?
Unlike Conventional Surgery there is no major recovery process for Minimal Invasive Surgery. There are no fluid drain bags and therefore there are no catheters for drain tubes. Therefore the recovery process is pretty short, as in two or three days, In some cases the patient is free to go on the day of the surgery itself. The patient is given a schedule of appointments to check and see if the progress is uniform and up to spec.

What About Physical Therapy
Usually Minimally Invasive Surgeries do not require Physical Rehabilitation Therapy as there is no major muscle groups that need to be restarted. Just be normal with the patient and the list of points to be noted and observed, However, if the patient has been wheelchair bound earlier and the Back Surgery has actually brought back feeling to the legs, then a schedule of physical therapy will definitely be prescripted to make the rehabilitation process a complete.