Wear and tear, lack of exercise and other reasons sooner or later lead to wear and degeneration of the intervertebral discs, which is usually associated with pain. If conservative measures are unsuccessful, a new, gentle method can provide rapid relief without a lengthy hospital stay.

A slipped disc or discoplasty is not necessarily a question of age. In addition to signs of wear and tear, a lack of exercise can also be the cause. The consequences are often painful and, in serious cases, can even severely impair quality of life. If the pain persists for six weeks or even longer, action is required. If known therapy methods do not bring the desired results, endoscopic rejuvenation, a well-tested alternative form of treatment, can provide relief.

Conventional surgical techniques for discoplasty

The classic surgical procedure for a slipped disc is either open or microsurgical or endoscopic surgery. The former is performed most frequently. In this procedure, the damaged part of the disc is selected. If the operation is carried out - usually under general anesthesia - without the use of a microscope, a larger incision is required. Depending on the type and extent of the operation, a longer stay in the hospital and subsequent rehabilitation are usually necessary. The most common surgical risks include nerve damage, infections or bleeding.

In minimally invasive surgery, or so-called keyhole surgery, delicate instruments are used so that a much smaller incision can be made in the skin. This method, which also removes diseased disc tissue, can be performed under both general and local anesthesia. The possible risks of the operation here are also nerve damage, bleeding or inflammation.

Endoscopic refreshment - gentle and effective

Endoscopic rejuvenation is a real revolution in the treatment of painful degenerative lumbar discs. It can be used whenever previous physiotherapy or physical treatments have produced little or no results within six to eight weeks. In fact, endoscopic rejuvenation can be extremely promising in cases of severe disc degeneration or a herniated disc.

Revitalization of the intervertebral disc - endoscopic refreshment

Endoscopic freshening or discoplasty can be carried out under local anesthesia. An optical endoscope is carefully advanced to the damaged area of the intervertebral disc. The calcium-covered cover plate of the surrounding vertebral bodies is freshened using the finest special instruments. This should ensure better blood circulation to the intervertebral disc. An additional positive side effect: a solid, firm protective fiber ring can be formed, which should provide long-term support to the intervertebral disc. The operation usually takes no longer than 45 minutes. The patient is then taken to the recovery room for observation and can then leave the hospital.

The advantages of this treatment method speak for themselves

  • The endoscopic refreshment is gentle.
  • Hardly any tissue is destroyed.
  • It can be performed under local anesthesia.
  • The pain during wound healing is minimal.
  • There is no need to fear instability of the vertebrae.
  • There is only a small risk of infection and bleeding.
  • In general, only minor scarring is to be expected.

About six weeks after the procedure, the patient can carry out light physical activities and, depending on their physical constitution, even do a little sport again. In the case of a slipped disc, endoscopic rejuvenation can be recommended in many cases.