Interlaminar Endoscopic Spine Surgery

Interlaminar Endoscopic Spine Surgery

Interlaminar Endoscopic Spine surgery is a form of endoscopic surgery done through Interlaminar approach. Based on the type of your pathology, doctor decides whether Transforaminal or Interlaminar endoscopic approach to be used.

Various Interlaminar endocopic techniques are

- Interlaminar Endoscopic Lumbar Dissectomy (IELD)

- Percutaneous stenoscopic lumbar decompression (PSLD)

- Lumbar endocopic Unilateral laminotomy for Bilateral decompression (LE-ULBD)

An endoscope is a very thin fiber-optic video camera, which can be used to see internal portions of the body. Endoscopes used for spine surgery are typically the diameter of a standard pencil (5-8 mm). The endoscope is inserted into the body through a small “keyhole” incision, just large enough for the endoscope to fit through. Surgery is performed by passing instruments through the endoscope to remove disc material or bone spurs. The procedure is performed under Local/Epidural analgesia where the patient is awake, aware and moving his/her legs during the procedure. 

Immediately 2-3 hrs after the procedure you are asked to take meals and walk around in the room. You are asked to stay for a night and discharged for home the next morning after drain removal. For first 2 weeks you are allowed to walk inside/around home and after 2 weeks you are asked to visit doctor for follow up.

At 2 weeks your doctor may ask you to increasr walk, sit for work but avoid forward bending, floor sitting or heavy weight lifting.

At 6 weeks post surgery your doctor may ask you to increase exercise and resume work.

Sports or other exertional activities to be avoided for 3-6 months of surgery.


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