What is endoscopic spine surgery?

It is minimally invasive, innovative spine surgery (MIS), safer than the traditional one. This treatment is characterized by a high success rate and low complication proportion. The method is based on the use of an endoscope, which reaches the place of the disease, and through which the necessary tools for the surgery are introduced. By using this technique, the incision is only a few millimetres, the injury associated with access to the spine is kept to a minimum, the patient doesn’t lose blood, and the danger of a decrease in immunity is eliminated. The patient gets up from the hospital bed as early as one hour after the procedure and is independent. Endoscopic surgery enables patients to return quickly to full strength and health.

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  • Quick recovery
  • High efficiency
  • It does not change the stability of the spine
  • Little blood loss
  • The treatment on the same day as 24 hours hospitalization
  • Small incision, minimal scar

Diagnostic process

The patient can contact the patient’s caretaker or a neurosurgeon if possible. Please prepare your medical history, including test results, such as magnetic resonance imaging. They will be necessary at the consultation stage for assessment whether the patient is eligible for surgery.

How to make an appointment?

  • Contact the patient’s caretaker
  • Complete the survey and magnetic resonance
  • Make an appointment with a neurosurgeon

Having analysed the Patient’s health and pre-qualifying for surgery, the doctor will suggest further consultations. This will allow an in-depth preparation for surgery.

You are in the hands of the best specialists who care about your comfort from the first moment in the hospital.

The surgery using the endoscopic method takes less than an hour, and you will get out of bed the same day.

After surgery, the patient is under care and we regularly monitor their health condition.

Based on post-operative surveys, we check the progress of rehabilitation and the pace of recovery.

After the surgery, we invite the patient for a check-up visit to make sure that recovery is going as planned.

During meetings with patients, we observe how positively their lives change after surgery, and how quickly they get rid of back pain.

Frequently Asked Questions

Endoscopic spine surgery is a minimally invasive procedure performed using anendoscope. When performing endoscopic surgery, the surgeon inserts a guidewire through a small incision, i.e. a metal tube with a diameter of 8 mm, whichallows accessing the site of the spinal canal narrowing. The surgery is carried outusing miniature surgical instruments. Fragments responsible for pressure on thenerves are removed with micro scissors, bone rongeurs and diamond drills.Diamond drills allow cutting bones without risking damage to nerve structures.They slide over them, but are unable to damage them.

Endoscopic spine surgery is just as effective as open surgery, but the benefits of endoscopic surgery are incomparable. When using the endoscopic method: – The spine mobility is preserved, avoiding unnecessary fusion. – Bleeding is minimal, if any. The scar after incision one of a few millimetres. – There are less than 3% of complications, such as wound infection, spinal infection, nerve injuries, etc., which makes endoscopic surgery far less risky than open spine surgery. In addition, no mortality associated with endoscopic spine surgery has been reported anywhere in the world. – Recovery takes several weeks, not months, which is the case with open spine surgery. Hospital stay is 24 hours. Surgeons who perform endoscopic spine surgery must have special training, experience, skills and a passion for using modern techniques.

Recovery after endoscopic surgery of the spine depends on the patient’s physical condition, the extent and duration of the disease, and the complexity of the surgery. In the case of, for example, a hernia in the lumbar spine, recovery usually takes several days. In other cases it’s up to 6 weeks. Most patients return to light work within 2-3 weeks, and to full activity within 6 weeks. After surgery, physiotherapy is required.

Doctor Piotr Winkler
Spine surgeon
I have been involved in neurosurgery and spine surgery for 20 years. I specialize in minimally invasive surgical techniques of the spine, endoscopic surgery of the lumbar and cervical spine, the use of the latest techniques and the latest implants allowing comprehensive treatment of the spine. I completed training at the best German spinal clinics. In 2017, I became an international instructor-expert in RIWO SPINE endoscopic surgery techniques. I conduct training for surgeons in endoscopic operations, among others in Germany and Israel.
  • 10 years
    Experience in endoscopic surgery
  • 3 000+
    Spine surgeries performed
  • 1 000+
    Endoscopic surgeries performed

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