Patients with sciatica caused by a slipped (or herniated) disc and requiring surgery need to be individually assessed prior to being offered endoscopic microdisectomy. No two backs are the same, and there are a number of spine and biomechanical considerations that must be conducted first to assess how well an individual patient is likely to respond when reviewing all best treatment options.
Needlehole Back Surgery
The advantages of endoscopic microdisectomy as an intervention for sciatica include:
- The endoscope allows the whole operation to be performed through an incision no bigger than a needle puncture.
- Endoscopy is a far more gentle and precise as a technique,
- There is much less tissue damage and scarring than conventional surgery.
- The incidence of subsequent pain (both in the muscle and wound) is greatly reduced.
- Most patients are able to go home the same day.
- Endoscopic microdisectomy is virtually bloodless
- Sedation and local anaethetic required only - no need for general anaesthesia
- The risks that are inherent when a general anaesthetic is required are avoided
Sciatic Surgical Expertise
The endoscopic microdiectomy technique used by Mr Irfan Malik, who was the first surgeon to perform this tecnique in the UK, was developed and validated in Germany. Latest studies confirm a success rate and freedom from sciatica of over 93%.
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