In the past, spine surgery required large incisions and long recovery periods. Thanks to new technological developments and advanced surgical techniques, the experts at The Spine Care Center can use tiny incisions (sometimes less than a centimeter in length) to perform endoscopic spine surgery.
Endoscopic spine surgery uses a tiny camera (endoscope) to help the surgeon see the spine bones (vertebrae), nerves, and spinal tissue. The surgeon can then use specialized tools to treat herniated discs or spinal stenosis.
Endoscopic spine surgery has many benefits over other types of spine surgery. Most patients will benefit from:
Dr. Siddiqui, the highly skilled spine surgeon at The Spine Care Center in Manassas, is one of only a few surgeons in the Washington, D.C. area to perform endoscopic spine surgery. He has helped thousands of patients find lasting back pain relief with minimally invasive surgeries, earning him recognition as a Top Doctor in both Northern Virginia Magazine and the Washingtonian.
Unfortunately, not all patients are candidates for endoscopic spine surgery. Before your surgery, you will need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Siddiqui to ensure that this surgery is right for you. He will ask you some questions about your health, review any X-rays or other images of your back, and perform a physical exam. He will also answer any questions you have so that you feel comfortable with your care.
Once Dr. Siddiqui confirms you can have endoscopic surgery, we will schedule you as soon as possible. You should not eat or drink anything after midnight before your surgery. You will also need someone to drive you home from surgery and care for you.
You will be asleep under general anesthesia during your endoscopic spine surgery. A skilled anesthesiologist, Dr. Siddiqui, and nurses will be caring for you at all times.
Once you are asleep, Dr. Siddiqui will make a tiny incision in your spine and insert the endoscope. He will be able to see your spine on a screen. He can then put tools through the endoscope to remove bone, part of a disc, or tissue that is causing your back pain. He can pull the tissue out directly through the endoscope.
After he is finished, he will remove the endoscope and closes up the incision. You will be moved to the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), where nurses will monitor you as you wake up. You should be able to go home after about an hour in the PACU.
What to Expect After Endoscopic Spine Surgery
You shouldn’t experience much pain as a result of your endoscopic spine surgery. Dr. Siddiqui may give you medicine to help manage any pain you do experience. He will also give you instructions regarding what you can and cannot do after surgery, or what to do if you experience pain.
You should be able to walk around the PACU and at home after surgery. You should experience relief from your back pain quickly after surgery, generally within a few days or weeks. Endoscopic spine surgery is highly successful in treating stenosis and herniated disks. You can trust in Dr. Siddiqui’s experience to help you find effective pain relief.
Receive the latest in surgical care from an expert surgeon. Call The Spine Care Center in Manassas today at (703) 257-2266 or request a consultation through this page.