Endoscopic Spine Surgery

The Spine Center of Baton Rouge

Orthopaedic Spine Surgeons & Pain Management Specialists located in Baton Rouge, LA

The latest advances in spinal surgery mean you can get back to enjoying an active life—with less down time. If you’ve been considering back surgery, perhaps it’s time to hear about the benefits of endoscopic spine surgery at The Spine Center of Baton Rouge. Trained in the latest technological advances, the center is a one-stop shop for comprehensive spinal care. Call or schedule an online consultation today with Dr. Kevin P. McCarthy or Dr. C. Chambliss Harrod at one of their three convenient locations in Baton Rouge, Walker, or Prairieville, Louisiana.

Endoscopic Spine Surgery Q & A

What is endoscopic spine surgery?

Endoscopic spine surgery is a minimally invasive alternative to spinal surgery. Requiring only a small incision, endoscopic spine surgery offers a shorter healing time than traditional surgical methods.

In endoscopic spine surgery, Dr. Harrod or Dr. McCarthy start by making a small cut in your back. The surgery is done through a narrow, metal tube that minimizes muscle and tissue damage. A tiny camera called an endoscope goes through the tube and into your back, sending high-definition images to a monitor your doctor can see.

The endoscope allows your surgeon to view your spine and surrounding tissues to perform surgery, avoiding the need to make a major incision along your back. This surgery can be tailored to treat common back conditions, allowing you to return to your normal activities more quickly.

What does endoscopic spine surgery treat?

Endoscopic spine surgery can help with many painful spine conditions. It can treat:

  • Facet-related pain
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Stenosis
  • Spinal tumors, deformities, and infections

How does endoscopic spine surgery treat facet-related pain?

The facet joints in your lower back are the cause for as much as 40% of back pain. In the past, the typical treat for this type of pain involved using X-rays and a heated probe to ablate the medial branch nerve. The downside was doctors couldn’t see the treatment area in real-time. That’s why this approach was sometimes called “blind” surgery.

With endoscopic spine surgery, your doctor inserts an endoscope and special instruments such as a laser or radiofrequency probe through a tiny incision in your back. Using these instruments, Dr. Harrod and Dr. McCarthy can see and ablate your medial branch nerve. This procedure should provide more accurate, predictable, and lasting results than traditional “blind” methods.

How does endoscopic spine surgery treat damaged discs?

In this outpatient procedure, Dr. Harrod or Dr. McCarthy inserts a small camera into the degenerated or herniated disc to remove small fragments that are causing pain. A heat probe or laser helps to seal the torn disc and remove loose tissue.  

After surgery, you may need to wear a brace for several weeks. You’ll be able to resume most of your day-to-day activities within two weeks.

Are you ready to learn whether advanced spinal care such as endoscopic spine surgery is right for you? Call or schedule an online consultation today with The Spine Center of Baton Rouge.