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Endoscopic Spine Surgery Program

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Endoscopic spine surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine
Dr. Eric Elowitz and Dr. McGrath are now treating several patients each week with new spinal endoscopy at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian. The illustration above shows the tiny incision (top right) required for an endoscopic discectomy for a herniated disc. Most patients need only one or two stitches, sometimes only a band-aid, to close the incision.

The Endoscopic Spine Surgery Program at the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center offers the most advanced, least invasive option for relief of pain and repair of herniated discs and other common spine conditions. Using a specially designed endoscope – a camera mounted at the end of long, thin, flexible tube and fitted with tiny specialized tools – a neurosurgeon can now perform surgery through an incision less than a quarter of an inch long. Dr. Eric Elowitz, who has long been a pioneer in minimally invasive spine surgery, founded the Endoscopic Spine Surgery Program at Weill Cornell Medicine; the program also includes Dr. Lynn McGrath, who specializes in minimally invasive techniques. Dr. McGrath is now treating several patients each week with this new technique. Dr. Elowitz is not accepting new patients at this time. (See details of endoscopic discectomy.)

Among the many benefits of spinal endoscopy are:
• Since it doesn’t involve cutting into muscle, the surgery is virtually painless
• It is a same-day surgery with no overnight stay
• Closing the tiny incision requires only one or two stitches, and sometimes only a band-aid closure
• Patients can avoid fusion surgery, thereby retaining full range of movement
• Results are excellent, and most patients are pain-free afterward

An endoscope consists of a long, telescoping tube with a built-in light and camera as well as a channel through which a surgeon inserts tiny tools as needed

To make an appointment with Dr. McGrath call 212-670-1837 or use our online form to request an appointment.

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