Endoscopic spinal fusion has developed as a means of minimally invasive spine surgeries, providing effective results with minimal destruction to soft tissues, lesser postoperative pain and shorter hospital stays.
The goal of endoscopic spinal fusion is to stabilize the spine and prevent any micromotion which may lead to pain. The procedure involves usage of small incisions and instruments along with an endoscope and HD camera for easy access and visualization of all levels of spinal axis.
Types of Endoscopic Spinal Fusion
There are mainly two types of endoscopic spinal fusion:
Endoscopic lumbar fusion: This involves fusion procedures in the lower back region. Generally spinal fusion procedures in the lumbar region are associated with longer recovery periods, blood loss and pain. However, minimally invasive endoscopic fusion procedures have advanced to different types and techniques for promising outcomes. These include: