Study design: The first clinical implementation of a microsurgical endoscopic technique for removal of thoracic disc herniation is described.
Objective: To decompress the spinal cord with a ventral approach, combining microsurgical and endoscopic techniques, while reducing the “approach-related trauma.”
Methods: A detailed description of the preoperative preparation as well as the surgical technique is given. Advantages and disadvantages of the microsurgical endoscopic technique are discussed and compared with other surgical procedures described in the literature.
Results: A herniated disc at T6-T7 was removed and the spinal cord was decompressed. The patient recovered completely and was discharged at the seventh postoperative day. He returned to work 4 weeks later.
Conclusions: The microsurgical endoscopic technique allows spinal cord decompression with a substantial reduction in surgical trauma. It may shorten bed confinement and allow early return to active life. Application of this technique in other areas is being studied.
Citation: Rosenthal D, Rosenthal R, de Simone A. Removal of a protruded thoracic disc using microsurgical endoscopy. A new technique. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1994 May 1;19(9):1087-91. doi: 10.1097/00007632-199405000-00018. PMID: 8029748. Webpage: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8029748/