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Micro Endoscopic Decompression

I went from a wheelchair (coming home from London) to the surgery three days later, and walked out of the hospital the next day with literally no pain.

Woody Weiser
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At a Glance

  • This procedure treats Spinal Stenosis, in which the spinal canal becomes narrowed and restricts blood circulation to the spinal cord and spinal nerves.
  • Micro endoscopic decompression involves the removal of such material as bone spurs and the reshaping of the back of the spine to create a larger bony canal.


Micro endoscopic decompression is similar to a microdecompression laminaplasty, but instead uses an endoscope (a tube with a light and camera at one end) rather than a surgical microscope. Whereas the microscopic provides three-dimensional pictures for the surgeon, the endoscopic is two-dimensional. Preference for either procedure depends on the surgeon and personal comfort level with the visualization.

Good vision and illumination are critical to this operation since the tissues and structures to be removed can appear similar to normal surrounding tissue, including the spinal nerves. Both procedures are effective in performing the micro decompression and have similar outcomes.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a micro endoscopic decompression and a microdecompression laminaplasty?
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