Why is endoscopic spine surgery better than traditional surgery?
Traditional surgery is more destructive in its approach to the spine, and often creates new damage while treating the problem. The larger the incision, the more damage to muscle, ligaments, and bone. This greatly increases the potential for muscle weakness. This collateral tissue damage may result in even more pain, weakness of the back muscles, spinal instability, and the buildup of scar tissue, all of which can lead to future difficulties. While the original problem might be repaired, new issues often arise, and sometimes the original issue can recur.
Within the realm of minimally invasive surgery, endoscopic spine surgery is extremely minimally invasive. The incision is very small, often less than one centimeter in size. There is minimal damage to the skin, muscle, ligaments and bone. Only local anesthesia is required, which greatly decreases medical risks and improves access to surgery for high-risk patients. There is very little blood loss. These benefits result in greatly reduced post-operative pain and a speedy recovery.