Endoscopic techniques for diagnostic purposes have been in use since the late 1970s. Dr. Khalid Mahmood is one of the pioneers in Endoscopic Disc Surgeons in Pakistan. He is specially trained from renowned British Neuro-spinal centres in using special instrumentation and video cameras, for disk surgery. The endoscopic surgery techniques became widely used in the 1990s for other surgery disciplines are now available for the treatment of spine conditions in Lahore.
During endoscopic disc surgery, in order to minimize interruption to muscles and tissue, Dr. Khalid Mahmood gains access to the spines by placing a series of tubes. Endoscopic disc procedures are generally performed in an outpatient setting or 23 hour stay. This minimally invasive spine surgery is used to relieve pain caused by herniated discs pressing on nerve roots.
Modern advances in microsurgery have allowed our spine surgeons to resolve many disc surgery cases.Bulging, protruding or herniated discs can cause a lot of suffering for people with chronic back pain or radiculopathy. In Pakistan, Dr. Khalid Mahmood often recommends minimal invasive technique for disc surgery eg endoscopic discectomy or microdiscectomy
Endoscopic discectomy is the least invasive and effective surgical technique for treating spinal disc herniation patients. With endoscopic spine surgery, surgeons do not need to remove bones and muscles in order to remove herniated discs. Surgeons can see the spine with a camera, smaller than a smart phone camera, through a small surgical port (tube). Large incisions are avoided. The procedure does not traumatize your spine like traditional spine surgeries do. The whole procedure for a disc herniation takes about 30 minutes. The patient goes home in 2- 3 hours when the surgery is done in a surgery center.