Before any major back surgery you should consider EDISCSCULPT™ Technique first.

Before any major back surgery you should consider EDISCSCULPT™ Technique first. The EDISCSCULPT™ Surgery is different from traditional back surgery and has certain advantages, such as the approach is minimally invasive.

Using their unique EDISCSCULPT™ technique, Dr. Datta and his team offer an alternative to open back surgery for patients with herniated discs who are looking for non-fusion alternatives. Through a small incision, Dr. Datta maintains direct access and visualization of the interior. Specialized instruments such as small graspers, drills or nerve hooks are then used through the microscope to carefully sculpt the disc, removing damaged disc jelly and leaving healthy disc tissue in place. Finally, a laser or cooled radiofrequency probe is used to regain the natural ‘firmness’ of a normal disc.

This procedure is done on an outpatient basis and allows patients to recover more quickly and experience fewer side effects post-surgery.

A few hours after the procedure the patient will be ready to go home and return to their day to day functions.

How is the EDISCSCULPT™ surgery risks in comparison to open back surgery?

In the EDISCSCULPT™ surgery, the back muscles are not cut. No metal is inserted. The procedure is usually performed in an outpatient center which means that you go home the same day. As the back muscles are not cut, the “tensigrity” (balance between tension and integrity) of the back is maintained which means sagittal balance (natural curvature of the spine) is maintained better. As the EDISCSCULPT™ surgery is performed in an outpatient facility, chance of infection is decreased. As full visualization is maintained during the surgery, chance of nerve injury is decreased as the nerve is seen at all times during the procedure. The disc re-herniation rate is decreased as we usually utilize a laser to seal the disc defect. Generally, the EDISCSCULPT™ procedure takes less at times than open back surgery. As the procedure is minimally invasive, blood loss is significantly decreased, so bleeding complications are lessened.

Risk due to the surgery

Some of the common risks encountered during the surgery include injury to muscles, bone ligament and of surrounding tissues. There is also a small chance of infection which can be either systematic or in the area of the surgery. Even in the best of hands, there is a chance that the disc may again herniate (disc re-herniation). This occurs due to weakness in the disc as it heals after the surgery and the time it takes for the disc to get back its original strength. You may develop a headache after the procedure. There is a small chance of nerve injury or nerve damage with the surgery. In some cases, even though condition is corrected at the level of the surgery the disease may progress at the level above or below the level of the surgery. This condition is called development of adjacent level disease.

Risk due to the patient’s medical condition

Certain medical conditions in patients may lead to an increased risk with any surgical procedure. This may include conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or any condition that may lead to inadequate healing. These conditions are usually evaluated before the surgery by your surgeon and individual consideration is given so that these conditions so that these medical conditions can be addressed before the surgery. If you are a smoker, then surgical results can be poor.

To schedule a consultation for a back condition, please call 347.380.9138 or click to send an email to the experts at Datta Endoscopic Back Surgery and Pain Center.

Disclaimer: Individual spine condition, treatment and recovery times may vary. Each patient experience with minimally invasive spine surgery will differ. Any procedure involves some level of risk. If directed to pursue surgery by your physician, prompt action is advised as waiting may decrease efficacy of the surgical treatment. The blog is for informational purposes only and should not take the place of advice from a qualified medical practitioner.


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