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The Learning Curve in Foraminal Endoscopic Discectomy

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Study Design

This study of 144 operated patients using endoscopic lumbar discectomy by transforaminal approach (YESS system) details one orthopedic surgeon's learning curve who has open spine surgery, knee and shoulder arthroscopic experience, but no previous endoscopic spine surgery experience.

Objective

To determine the learning curve and the number of cases needed to achieve a success rate of 90% similar to traditional transcanal surgery.

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