The Yeung Endoscopic Spine Surgery (YESS) system is an outpatient, minimally invasive procedure to relieve pain. The pain is often caused by a spinal disc that is extruded, protruded, degenerative, or – most commonly – herniated. Discs make up the structure of your spine by sitting in between the vertebra. These small structures are what allow you to to be flexible and assists with motions like sitting down and standing up with little issues. Sometimes, an issue with one small disc can cause lower back pain, as well as pain in the neck or legs. Minimally invasive spine surgery like the YESS discectomy allows surgeons to operate within these smaller areas without disrupting the surrounding muscles.
After administering local anesthesia, the surgeon makes a very small incision and inserts a guide wire using a fluoroscope (x-ray machine) to ensure the wire reaches the affected disc. Other tools are then inserted over the guidewire; these include an obturator to push apart the affected tissue and move the nerve root out of the way; a working sleeve through which YESS is performed; and an endoscope, which contains a small light and camera to enable the surgeon to view the disc space on a video monitor. Only the degenerative or extruded parts of the disc are removed, keeping the spine stable.
A Yeung Endoscopic Spine Surgery is an outpatient procedure, which means someone who walks into the clinic to have the surgery can often walk out the same day. In more traditional surgeries, similar cases would need to stay in the hospital for days or weeks depending on how much the surgeon cut the surrounding muscle. While this does mean faster recovery and more immediate relief, it is still recommended that you avoid any intense physical activity for up to 6 weeks after the procedure. The part of the body that needed operation is still sensitive to rupturing with enough pressure.
Finding the right spine surgeon in New Jersey for your lower back pain can be difficult. The Spine Institute has several, local locations with spine experts from a variety of medical fields. Contact us today to schedule an appointment where we can discuss your pain, diagnose the cause, and determine which treatment is best for you. Not all instances of lower back pain require surgery for relief.