Percutaneous Biportal Endoscopic Discectomy for Lumbar Disc Herniation

  • Dong Hwa Heo
  • Choon-Keun Park


Percutaneous biportal endoscopic surgery was used in two channels. One portal was used for endoscopy, and the other portal was used for working channel. And, general spinal operative instruments are available during procedures. The indication of biportal endoscopic approaches is same as microdiscectomy for lumbar disc herniation. Indications of biportal endoscopic discectomy include foraminal and extraforaminal herniated disc, highly migrated disc, and cauda equina syndrome huge disc herniation like microsurgery. Operation procedures of biportal endoscopic discectomy were similar with microsurgery. The surgical anatomical view of biportal endoscopic approaches is similar to the spinal microscopic anatomy. Additional discectomy for internal decompression can be achieved like microsurgery. We suggest that percutaneous biportal endoscopic lumbar discectomy may be an effective treatment for various types of lumbar disc herniation.


Lumbar Discectomy Herniated disc Endoscopy 

Supplementary material

Video 4.1

(1) Laminar and interlaminar space dissection; (2) right L4 laminotomy; (3) removal of ligamentum flavum; (4) decompression of lateral recess; (5) exposure of L5 nerve root right; (6) complete exposure of axillar and shoulder areas; (7) exposure of ruptured disc particle under L5 root; (8) removal of ruptured disc particles; (9) annuloplasty with radiofrequency; (10) exploration at axillar area; (11) final view

Video 4.2

: (1) Annulotomy by RF; (2) removal of multi-fragmented disc particles; (3) additional internal decompression

Video 4.3

(1) Laminotomy L45 left; (2) removal of ligamentum flavum; (3) removal of huge rupture disc particle without retraction; (4) removal of huge rupture particles with slight retraction; (5) complete removal of ruptured disc particles; (6) final view after full decompression

Video 4.4

(1) Ipsilateral laminar dissection; (2) right midline laminotomy of L4; (3) midline laminotomy of L4; (4) removal of contralateral ligamentum flavum; (5) exposure of L4 exiting nerve root left; (6) removal of foraminal ligament; (7) full exposure contralateral exiting nerve root of L4; (8) removal of ruptured disc particles; (9) final endoscopic view


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dong Hwa Heo
    • 1
  • Choon-Keun Park
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Neurosurgery, Endoscopic Spine Surgery CenterNanoori Hospital GangnamSeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of NeurosurgeryThe Leon Wiltse Memorial HospitalSuwonSouth Korea

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