Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates Surgeon Is One Of First In The Country To Offer Microendoscopic Discectomy Surgery To Correct Cervical Disease
Originally published Winter 1999

Cross section diagram of microendoscopic discectomy
Tim Adamson, M.D., of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates has recently developed a new form of microendoscopic discectomy surgery for correction of cervical disc disease. This technique significantly reduces the pain and recovery time usually associated with herniated disc surgery of the cervical area by decompressing the nerve root.

Dr. Adamson and Sofamor Danek, USA, a manufacturer of high-tech surgical equipment, have worked together to develop an innovative treatment for cervical diseases and disorders by modifying existing technology originally designed for surgery on the lumbar area.

Like lumbar discectomy surgery, the procedure developed by Dr. Adamson requires only a one-half inch incision. Micro-surgical instruments are inserted into the back of the neck through a tube that’s only slightly larger than a fountain pen. Video monitors are used for viewing the affected area during the surgery. Whereas traditional back surgery involved cutting and pulling muscle from the spine, this procedure allows the muscle to merely be separated by the endoscope. As the surgical instruments are withdrawn, the separated muscles flow back together. This leads to less pain for the patient and a shorter recovery time.

Cervical microendoscopic discectomy surgery is currently performed locally in Charlotte on an outpatient basis, and recovery time ranges from seven to ten days. Traditional surgery for the same condition requires a hospital stay of two to four days and a six to eight week recovery period.

“This procedure is a prime example of how technology has allowed us to take a major step forward in treating cervical disc disease,” said Dr. Adamson. “In terms of comfort and recovery time, we have moved to an entirely new level of patient care.”

Herniated discs are among the most common of all serious back ailments. Each year, an estimated 250,000 United States residents have surgery to relieve the condition. According to Dr. Adamson, approximately 70 to 80 percent of patients who require surgery for ruptured discs are candidates for this new procedure. For more information, contact Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates at 1-800-344-6716
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