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Endoscopic Spine Surgery Carson City, NV

Any sort of spinal surgery comes with significant risks. Traditionally, spine surgery required large incisions and a wide surgical space that traumatized a large area around the actual surgical site. Recovery could take weeks or months to fully heal and regain activity. Now, endoscopic spine surgery in Reno is available. Dr. Sina Rajamand of Battle Born Brain and Spine is a renowned specialist at true minimally-invasive neurosurgery, such as endoscopy.

Endoscopy is a manner of surgery that uses a special device called an endoscope. This device is a long, thin tube with a camera at the end. Dr. Rajamand is able to use the endoscope and tiny surgical tools to perform intricate surgical procedures within a much smaller surgical space. This means he can use a single, small incision, in most cases, or perhaps two small incisions, and vastly limit the amount of movement within the surgical space.

This means less trauma to nearby tissues and structures and a much faster healing time for neurosurgical patients who undergo endoscopic procedures. Most patients go home the same day of surgery, and recovery is a matter of days, not weeks or months. Your specific recovery depends, of course, on your general health and the procedures that were required.

Carson City Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgery

When neck or back pain has not resolved with conservative measures, or when symptoms worsen, spine surgery may be recommended. Dr. Rajamand uses the endoscope to perform true minimally-invasive procedures that include:

Foraminotomy seeks to widen the foramen, the tiny opening in the vertebrae that allows nerves to pass through from the spine to the body. Discectomy is a procedure that removes a portion of a damaged spinal disc. Laminectomy is surgery to remove the lamina, or rear portion of the vertebrae.

Minimally-Invasive Spinal Decompression Surgery

All these procedures are types of spinal decompression surgery. Spinal decompression becomes necessary when vertebrae, discs, bone spurs, tumors or other objects press on, or compress, the spinal cord and/or nerve branches. This can cause pain in various areas, along with loss of mobility and other symptoms. Decompressing the area of the spine in question provides additional space for the spinal cord and nerve branches and relieves any pressure on them.

When neck or back pain persists or is accompanied by other troublesome symptoms, spinal decompression surgery may be necessary. Dr. Sina Rajamand offers minimally-invasive endoscopic spine surgery at Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno. Contact our practice today to schedule a consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions about Endoscopic Spine Surgery

What is endoscopic spine surgery?

Endoscopic spine surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to treat various spine conditions, such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease. It involves the use of a small endoscope, which is a thin, flexible tube with a camera and light attached to it, to visualize and access the spine through small incisions.

How does endoscopic spine surgery differ from traditional open surgery?

Unlike traditional open spine surgery, endoscopic spine surgery utilizes smaller incisions and specialized instruments, allowing for less disruption to surrounding tissues. This often results in reduced postoperative pain, shorter recovery times, and lower risk of complications.

Am I a candidate for endoscopic spine surgery?

Candidates for endoscopic spine surgery typically have symptoms related to a specific spine condition, such as back or leg pain, that have not responded to conservative treatments like medication or physical therapy. However, candidacy depends on various factors, including the severity and location of the condition, overall health, and medical history. A thorough evaluation by a spine specialist is necessary to determine if endoscopic spine surgery is appropriate for you.

What conditions can be treated with endoscopic spine surgery?

Endoscopic spine surgery can effectively treat a range of conditions, including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, foraminal stenosis, facet joint arthritis, and some types of spinal instability. It can also be used for diagnostic purposes, such as obtaining tissue samples for biopsy.

What are the benefits of endoscopic spine surgery?

Some of the key benefits of endoscopic spine surgery include smaller incisions, reduced blood loss, less muscle damage, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery times, and lower risk of complications compared to traditional open surgery. Additionally, because the procedure is minimally invasive, patients often experience less postoperative pain and require less pain medication.

What can I expect during the recovery period?

Recovery from endoscopic spine surgery varies depending on the specific procedure performed and individual factors. However, most patients can expect to resume light activities within a few days to weeks after surgery. It's important to follow postoperative instructions provided by your surgeon, including restrictions on lifting, bending, and twisting, as well as any recommended physical therapy exercises.

Are there any risks associated with endoscopic spine surgery?

While endoscopic spine surgery is generally safe, like any surgical procedure, it carries some risks, including infection, bleeding, nerve damage, and complications related to anesthesia. However, these risks are typically lower compared to traditional open surgery. Your surgeon will discuss potential risks and benefits with you in detail before the procedure.

How long does the procedure take?

The duration of endoscopic spine surgery varies depending on the complexity of the condition being treated and the specific technique used. In general, most procedures can be completed within one to two hours.

Will I need physical therapy after endoscopic spine surgery?

Physical therapy may be recommended as part of the recovery process to help improve strength, flexibility, and mobility. The extent and duration of physical therapy will depend on individual factors, such as the type of surgery performed and the patient's overall health and functional status.

How can I schedule a consultation with Dr. Sina Rajamand for endoscopic spine surgery?

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Sina Rajamand to discuss endoscopic spine surgery or other treatment options for your spine condition, please contact our office in Reno, NV. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you and answer any additional questions you may have.