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J Neurosurg Spine. 2005 Dec;3(6):459-64.

Endoscopic thoracic microdiscectomy.

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  • 1Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Virginia Health Systems, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.

Abstract

OBJECT:

The purpose of this clinical study was to evaluate prospectively surgical and neurological outcomes after endoscopic thoracic disc surgery.

METHODS:

The authors assessed the following quantifiable outcome data in 46 patients: operative time, blood loss, duration of chest tube insertion, narcotic use, hospital length of stay (LOS), and long-term follow-up neurological function and pain-related symptoms. In patients who presented with myelopathy there was a postoperative improvement of two Frankel grades. Pain related to radiculopathy was improved by 75% and in one patient it worsened postoperatively. The authors also present operative data, surgical outcomes, and complications.

CONCLUSIONS:

Thoracoscopic discectomy can be used to achieve acceptable results. It has several distinct advantages such as reduced postoperative pain, morbidity, and LOS compared with traditional open procedures.

PMID:
16381208
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