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Endoscopic Spinal Surgery: What Is Its Future?

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Few physicians question arthroscopic surgery's role in advancing our understanding of knee pain and shoulder pain, and the surgical advancements that have developed since it's introduction. Endoscopic spinal surgery, at a crossroads similar to where arthroscopic knee surgery was in the 1970's, is poised to serve the same role.

The two most common spine surgical procedures, discectomy and fusion, at best addresses only spinal instability, some back pain, and radiculopathy. Biologically and biomechanically, both procedures eventually worsen the condition of the disc(s), leading to further degeneration

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