C5-7 Anterior Endoscopic Discectomy - Anatomical Justice

C5-7 Anterior Endoscopic Discectomy


This exhibit depicts an anterior endoscopic discectomy for spinal canal decompression. The procedure begins with a transverse incision over the anterior neck, exposing C5-7. Radiopaque dye is injected into the disc spaces. Next, an anterior cannula is inserted into the C6-7 disc space and disc material is removed with a motorized shaver. An endoscope and a holmium laser are then inserted to complete laser discoplasty. Endoscopic discectomy and discoplasty are then completed in similar fashion at C5-6. Lastly, a trephine is introduced and foraminotomies decompress the left neuro-foramen.

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