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Minimally-Invasive Endoscopic Discectomy (MEND)

The MEND procedure is a truly minimally invasive technique for successfully treating pack pain and sciatica. This technique created a very tiny opening (1/8 inch) that allows the surgeon to gain access to the painful area of the spine without damaging the surrounding tissues. This type of approach reduces your discomfort after the procedure and returns you to your normal lifestyle much quicker than more conventional approaches.

Will I be able to go home the same day?

Yes. Patients typically leave our office 2 hours after the procedure.

 

How long until I can resume my normal activities?

As a result of the approach of the MEND procedure, recovery is fast and scarring is minimal. You may need a day or two of rest following this procedure, however you should be back to your normal activities within two to four weeks.

 

Will I have pain after the procedure?

You will be released home the same day with orders for mild oral analgesics and instructions to use ice over the surgical site to reduce discomfort associated with the procedure. In most cases, pain is minimal following the procedure.

 

How is the MEND procedure different than other more conventional procedures?

Unlike more conventional procedures that require bony removal from the spine and cutting of spinal supporting muscles to gain access to the painful area, the MEND procedure utilizes an endoscope to visualize and access the spine without causing damage to the surrounding tissues and without affecting the patients natural mechanics of the spine.

FAQ's

Our extensive experience with the MEND procedure will help you to heal faster and get on your feet more quickly! 727-372-9922

2040 Short Avenue, Odessa, FL 33556

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Day of your procedure:

Please arrive at least 90 minutes prior to your appointment with an appropriate adult (Over the age of 18) who is able to drive you home afterwards. You will be checked in and when appropriate, your nurse will escort you to the procedure room. Here you will be asked pertinent questions regarding the procedure you are having done. Once the procedure is finished, you will be taken to the recovery room where you will stay until ready for discharge. Please follow these recommendations after your procedure to assist in feeling better and regaining your normal lifestyle.

  • Avoid bending, lifting, and twisting.

  • Mobility is encouraged. Be sure to get up and walk as you feel comfortable and establish an appropriate cardiovascular workout routine in the upcoming future following your procedure.

  • If you have been provided with a back brace, be sure to wear it when not in bed.

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"Spine Surgery through only a ¼ inch incision without bone removal!”