What is Spine Endoscopy?
Endoscopic Spine Surgery or KeyHole Spine Surgery is a technique wherein Spine Surgery is done through keyholes using a special instrument called endoscope similar to a laparoscope.
What are the advantages of Endoscopic Spine Surgery?
Advantages of endoscopic surgery are that there is no cut or blood loss. The biggest advantage is that there is no interference with the normal architecture of the spine. The surgeons directly target the slip disc without touching the normal spine structures. Therefore, no bone needs to be removed and no muscle dissection takes place in endoscopic spine surgery as compared to open spine surgery. Endoscopic spine surgery is done under local anaesthetic therefore there are no complications of general anaesthesia. Moreover, patients are able to start walking on the same evening and are able to get discharged from the hospital on the same day as general anaesthesia is avoided. No external stitches are required for the ‘keyhole’ incisions and they are so small that a dressing with an ordinary band-aid may be sufficient, hence the name Band Aid Spine Surgery. The scars left behind after KeyHole Spine Surgery are barely noticeable and are cosmetically very acceptable to the patient.
What to expect while preparing for Endoscopic Spine Surgery in India?
Keyhole technique significantly reduces the hospital stay and blood loss. Patients are able to return to their country after 1 week of surgery and are able to resume work as early as 2 weeks after an endoscopic spine surgery. Success rate of endoscopic spine surgery is 99% and the approximate cost of endoscopic spine surgery in the best hospitals in India is 4000 USD.
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