What is a Cervical Endoscopic Decompression?

This minimally invasive, outpatient procedure is typically used to treat a herniated disc or spinal stenosis. Through the use of an endoscope, a small surgical tool that provides surgeons access to small cavities in the body, your surgeon is able to avoid unnecessary damage to surrounding muscles and bones. When patients experience severe arm or neck pain, numbness, or pressure, it may be caused by pinching or pressure on the nerves in the spine.

Your surgeon at South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine will begin by using nonsurgical options to alleviate neck and arm pain. If conservative treatments are unsuccessful, cervical endoscopic decompression surgery may be recommended.

A majority of patients experience a significant reduction in pain following an endoscopic decompression.

What’s the Recovery Process Like for a Cervical Endoscopic Decompression?

cervical endoscopic decompression - south fla orthoWith the use of small surgical tools to access the spine, your surgeon is able to avoid damaging or impact surrounding muscles or bones allowing patients to return home once the surgery is complete. A majority of patients experience immediate relief from pain and pressure in the neck and arms. In some cases, your surgeon may recommend physical therapy to improve the neck range of motion.

Most patients are able to return to their normal activities one week following surgery and will make a full recovery within three to six weeks.

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