Minimally invasive discectomy for the treatment of disc herniation causing cauda equina syndrome

Minimally invasive discectomy for the treatment of disc herniation causing cauda equina syndrome

Publication year: 2011 Source: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 12 July 2011Patrick, Shih , Timothy R., Smith , Richard G., Fessler , John K., SongCauda equina syndrome (CES) is a condition associated with significant morbidity that requires definitive surgical decompression of the nerve roots to prevent permanent disability. Traditionally, wide open decompression has been advocated to obtain optimal decompression with minimal complications. Some have been reluctant to employ minimally invasive strategies to treat urgent conditions. The authors present a small series of four patients who presented with CES and were treated with minimally invasive discectomy (MID). Operative length times (mean±standard deviation, 102.8±30.9minutes) were comparable to reported operative length for open laminectomies. All patients had either stabilization or resolution of symptoms at the 6-week follow-up…

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