Minimal Discectomy vs. MIS Discectomy

Surgical spinal procedures have moved towards minimally invasive surgery (MIS) techniques. Despite this, improvements in microdiscectomy procedures have focused mainly on minimizing the opening for surgical access. Limited improvements have been made since discectomies have been established as a standard of care.

The next step for minimally invasive discectomy procedures extends beyond surgical access and allows for native tissue conservation.

The Anchor System can be used in herniated disc repair procedures by surgeons interested in disc preservation as part of a tissue sparing approach.

The minimal discectomy technique involves reducing the trauma to the disc limiting the removal of tissue to include only the free fragments impinging on the nerve root.

Current discectomy challenges

Although discectomies are one of the most commonly performed surgical spinal procedures, the dilemma between aggressive vs. minimal discectomy techniques has been discussed for as long as the procedure has been established.

Removing more disc material has been shown to reduce the risk of herniation, but it has also been shown to promote disc degeneration by 26%, 2 years post-surgery4. Conversely, the removal of less disc material may be beneficial to prevent unnecessary disc degeneration but this has been associated with increased risk of reherniation 5.

Aggressive Discectomy (AD)

Reduces reherniation, decreases native disc preservation (26% disc collapse in 2 years), worse long-term patient outcome.16

Poor Disc Preservation

Low Herniation Risk

Minimal Discectomy

Increases reherniation (2x more than aggressive), increases native disc preservation, better long term patient outcome (2.5x less reported incidents of recurrent back or leg pain compared to AD).6

Good Disc Preservation

High Reherniation Risk

Minimal Discectomy with Disc Preservation

Enables techniques of native disc preservation and secures the benefits from a minimal discectomy.

Optimal Disc Preservation

Low Reherniation Risk

In the United States: The indications are: The Anchor System is indicated for visualization of the surgical field in any area of the body cut open during a surgical procedure. When used in the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine either from an anterior or posterior direction, for example, the Anchor Endoscope and accessories are intended to aid the surgeon’s visualization of the surgical area and allow him/her to perform any type of surgical spinal procedure such as herniated disc repair, visualization of the circumferential decompression of the nerve roots, aiding in the search and removal of nucleus material, spinal fusion, or insertion of spinal implants. Other examples of generic surgical use of the Anchor System would be for use in the knee, ankle, shoulder, hand, wrist, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
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