Video-assisted endoscopic lumbar discectomy

T. J. Huang, R. W W Hsu, Y. Y. Lee, S. H. Chen

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Background: The optimal management of symptomatic lumbar disc herniations (LDH) remains controversial. This study examines the feasibility and safety of a video-assisted endoscopic intracanalicular technique for managing symptomatic LDH. Methods: From September 1999 to June 2000, we used the current technique, the Vertebroscope System, on 11 patients (six men, five women), aged from 18 to 61 years (mean, 45), who had suffered symptomatic LDH. The disc levels involved were at L4-L5 (n=8), and L5-S1 (n=3). The Vertebroscope, which has a 30° viewing angle and a working channel 1.7 cm in diameter, was used for the minimally invasive endoscopic procedures. The mean follow-up period was 12 months (range, 6-15). Results: The operating time ranged from 60 to 335 min (mean, 136.5), and the estimated blood loss during operation was minimal to 200 ml. The mean length of the paramedian skin incisions was 2 cm. No drainage tube was used postoperatively. The mean hospital stay was 3 days (range, 2-5), with five patients discharged on the 1st postoperative day. Complications included one superficial wound infection, one conversion to an open procedure when muscle herniation into the working channel created a technical difficulty in approaching the ligamatum flavum, and one minor tear of the nerve root sleeve that did not require further surgery. In the first five patients studied herein, the mean operating time was significantly longer than that for the later five patients (201 vs 72 min, p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1175-1178
Number of pages4
JournalSurgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Disc herniation
  • Lumbar spine
  • Vertebroscope
  • Video-assisted endoscopic discectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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