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Minimally Invasive Lumbar Endoscopic Discectomy is a spine surgery procedure that is used to treat a herniated disc in your lower back if all non-surgical methods of treatment fail. During an endoscopic discectomy, all or part of the herniated disc in your lower back is removed precisely. At Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics in New Jersey, we use state-of-the-art technology and procedures to achieve ideal outcomes. And this procedure is no different, involving only a small incision in your lower back, which avoids damaging muscles. An endoscopic discectomy is designed to help you heal more quickly and get back to your normal life faster.

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You’ll be relieved of the pain or weakness you’re experiencing in your lower back, hips, buttocks, and legs due to the herniated disc in your lower back. The herniated disc irritates spinal nerves that have roots in the spinal cord near the disc. By removing the herniated disc or part of it, the pressure put on the nerve is released and the pain will be relieved.


In some cases, you may have a YESS (Yeung Endoscopic Spine System) Selective Endoscopic procedure, which is even less invasive and requires even less recovery time than a typical Endoscopic Discectomy. The YESS employs a small tubular device. This device is used to carefully insert a small tube into the herniated disc, through which the surgical procedure is performed. There is an insertion mark afterward that is covered with a small bandage, but no other incisions are required.

What Happens During Your Endoscopic Discectomy

Dr. Rovner will begin the surgery by making a small incision in your lower back, where the damaged disc is located. He’ll then temporarily remove muscle from your bone, providing access to the vertebrae surrounding the affected disc. After that, using state-of-the-art equipment, he will perform a laser discectomy to remove a small portion of the vertebral bone to gain access to the disc itself.

To wrap-up the minimally invasive lumbar discectomy, your experienced New Jersey spine surgeon will remove all or part of the herniated disc that is irritating the spinal nerve and causing your pain.

The procedure requires less than a day's stay in the hospital and is an effective way to relieve lumbar pain by taking the pressure caused by herniated discs off the nerve roots.

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At Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics, we use state-of-the-art technology and procedures. In most cases after an endoscopic discectomy, this allows you to go home the day of the procedure. Depending on the location of the herniated disc and your health, your recovery can take between one and four weeks. Avoid bending, lifting or twisting for a few weeks while your nerves heal. You may experience some temporary numbness and tingling in the legs. During this time, the nerve that was being affected by the herniated disc will be healing and you should gradually feel relief from your pain.

Of course, you’ll receive more detailed and specific instructions for your recovery from Dr. Rovner after the procedure. He’ll be happy to answer any and all questions you have. You’ll be scheduled for post-surgery appointments to verify that your recovery is going as expected. Dr. Rovner of NJ will be active and a part of all aspects of your care from your first consultation, through choosing your treatment plan together, all the way to your recovery.


As an award-winning New Jersey spine surgeon, Dr. Joshua Rovner delivers comprehensive treatment for your Endoscopic Discectomy. Board-certified to practice in New York and New Jersey, Dr. Joshua Rovner is among few spine surgeons in NJ with a depth of experience and expertise for advanced and minimally-invasive spinal surgery.

Dr. Joshua Rovner is a spine surgeon in New Jersey who provides both non-surgical and surgical treatment of pain related to the neck and entire back. He prides himself on his patient-centered, personalized approach that helps correctly diagnose and treat problems related to deformity, trauma, and degenerative conditions. He focuses on conservative non-surgical methods but, when surgery is necessary, utilizes the most modern techniques. Schedule a consultation today and contact us, or you can call us at 201.515.5190 to schedule your appointment.

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If you are suffering from back or neck pain, it is crucial for you to receive a professional diagnosis as soon as possible. Dr. Rovner is one of the best spine surgeons in NJ who has the experience and expertise necessary to help patients actualize successful outcomes with orthopedic spine surgery.

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