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Who should have endoscopic surgery?

The operation is usually aimed at relieving nerve pressure. This pressure on the nerve may come from a herniated lumbar disc - either a new herniation or a recurrent one following previous surgery – or, it may be as a result of certain types of spinal stenosis.

These operations are therefore mostly aimed at relieving leg pain and not back pain.

Less commonly and in conjunction with other keyhole methods they may be used to relieve back pain by fusing the spine.