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As a gold standard of minimal access, endoscopic surgery has revolutionised surgery for hip and knee problems, in the abdomen and chest and even in the brain and small joints.

More challenging than endoscopic surgery in these other areas of the body, the spinal technique has been perfected in Germany where many thousands of patients have benefited.

The procedure allows for surgery to be carried out under sedation and thus avoids full anaesthesia. It takes place through a portal not much larger than a pencil. After an overnight stay, you are ready to go home. You can be back at work days later. No other method of disc surgery offers direct excision of the disc problem with such rapid recovery.

Remember, spinal surgery, however minor the access, carries with it risk.