Bilateral Operation of Lumbar Degenerative Central Spinal Stenosis in Full-endoscopic Interlaminar Technique With Unilateral Approach: Prospective 2-year Results of 74 Patients : Clinical Spine Surgery

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Bilateral Operation of Lumbar Degenerative Central Spinal Stenosis in Full-endoscopic Interlaminar Technique With Unilateral Approach

Prospective 2-year Results of 74 Patients

Komp, Martin MD*; Hahn, Patrick MD*; Merk, Harry MD; Godolias, Georgios MD; Ruetten, Sebastian MD*

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Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques 24(5):p 281-287, July 2011. | DOI: 10.1097/BSD.0b013e3181f9f55e


Study Design 

Prospective study of the patients with degenerative spinal central stenosis, operated bilateral in a full-endoscopic unilateral technique.


The objective of this prospective study was to examine the technical possibilities of full-endoscopic interlaminar bilateral technique with unilateral approach in degenerative lumbar central spinal stenosis and predominant leg symptoms using new designed endoscopes and instruments.

Summary of Background Data 

Extensive decompression with laminectomy where appropriate, is often still described as the method of choice in the operation of degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis. Nonetheless, tissue-sparing procedures are becoming more common. Endoscopic techniques have become the standard in many areas because of the advantages they offer in surgical technique and in rehabilitation. At the spine, 1 essential point was the developing of the instruments for sufficient bone resection under continuous visual control. This enabled the use in the operation of spinal canal stenoses.


A total of 72 patients with lumbar central spinal stenosis full-endoscopic unilateral decompression were followed for 2 years. In addition to general and specific parameters, these measuring instruments were used: VAS, German version North American Spine Society Instrument, Oswestry Low-back Pain Disability Questionnaire.


The results show that 70.8% no longer have leg pain or it was nearly completely reduced and 22.2% have occasional pain. The decompression results were equal to those of conventional procedures. The complication rate was low. The full-endoscopic techniques brought advantages in these areas: operation, complications, traumatization, and rehabilitation.


The recorded results show that the full-endoscopic interlaminar bilateral decompression with unilateral approach is a sufficient and safe supplement and alternative to conventional procedures when the indication criteria are fulfilled. At the same time, it offers the advantages of a minimally invasive intervention.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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