Why would a patient choose an open procedure if it could be done with a scope?
At times, spine disease progresses past the point where a simple removal of displaced disc material can alleviate pain. This may lead the treating doctor to suggest a fusion of several spinal segments.
Recently, we have accomplished the disc removal and anterior portion of the fusion using endoscopes with the same FDA approved instruments used in an open procedure! Talk to Dr. Pflum and see if this procedure is right for you.