Lumbar hernia, one of the most common health disorders in Turkey, can be far more easily and quickly managed with “Fully Laparoscopic” lumbar hernia surgery. “Fully Laparoscopic” lumbar hernia surgery minimizes adhesion and risk of infection comparing to conventional surgeries for lumbar hernias and patients can be mobilized in the day of surgery that lasts only for 45 minutes.
Open lumbar hernia surgery is not the sole option in lumbar hernia disorders. Specialists state that in fact, 70 percent of open lumbar hernia surgeries can be performed in a shorter period with "Fully Laparoscopic" lumbar hernia technique. Being performed successfully in the U.S.A., Germany and Korea for years, “Fully Laparoscopic” lumbar hernia surgery enables lateral approach rather than lumbar incisions that are made in other open surgical techniques. A very small (0.5 cm) incision is made for closed surgeries and next, a camera is advanced through anatomic cavities with no damage to organs, the diseased disc is identified and marked with Indigo Carmin to spare intact discs. Tissues are not damaged and this surgery minimizes postoperative problems, such as infection and adhesion.
Assoc. Prof. Oğuz Karaeminoğlulları M.D., and İsmail Gökyar, M.D., physicians of Minimally Invasive Spine Group in Bayındır Health Group, in Turkey who are experts in “Fully Laparoscopic” lumbar hernia surgeries which is a breakthrough in the treatment of hernia, say: “’Fully laparoscopic’ lumbar hernia surgery (Percutaneous Endoscopic Discectomy) is a glimmer of hope for the patients who are afraid of open surgeries that pose risk of infection and adhesion… Many patients complain of recurrent pain, long recovery periods and infections. ‘Fully Laparoscopic’ lumbar hernia surgery alleviates those complaints”.
Karaeminoğulları explains the problems caused by open lumbar hernia surgery and characteristics of “Fully Laparoscopic" lumbar hernia surgery: “Surgical treatment of lumbar hernia aims removing the herniated part of the disc. In the conventional surgery and the microscopic surgery, muscles, bones and connective tissues are slightly damaged to expose the herniated disc. Although remarkably good outcomes can be obtained with microscopic surgery, intraoperative damage to tissues lead to postoperative problems, including but not limited to long recovery periods, spinal cord adhesions, recurrent hernia, possible future lumbar spondylolisthesis and infection. Those problems are minimized by ‘Fully Laparoscopic’ lumbar hernia surgery. While the surgery is performed, a camera located in the working canal of the endoscope is used for exploring surgical sites. Since the camera is advanced through natural spaces that are found in our spine, it does not damage muscles, bones and connective tissues and bleeding does not occur unlike the conventional surgery. Therefore, postoperative problems of lumbar hernia surgery are minimized in a great extent. ‘Fully Laparoscopic’ lumbar hernia surgery is a surgical option in 60-70% of hernias that require surgical management. This type of surgery helps especially patients with no remarkable calcification and stenotic canal. This technique can be easily and safely performed for overweight patients, for whom conventional surgery is very difficult, and patients with poor overall health."