Minimally Invasive Techniques – Endoscopic Spine Surgery

Spine surgery has seen many improvements in recent years, including endoscopic spine surgery in Frisco Texas. These advancements to spine surgery have resulted in reduced tissue injury, trauma, and post-operative pain while speeding up recovery times. Spine surgery has dramatically improved through advancements in technology, equipment, and procedures. Let’s take a closer look at Endoscopic Spine Surgery as it is one of the best examples of this.

What Is Endoscopic Spine Surgery?

Endoscopic spine surgery is an advanced form of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS) which results in faster patient recovery times while reducing post-operative pain. Unlike traditional spine surgery methods, which are done through long incisions through the back, endoscopic spine surgery utilizes only tiny incisions to minimize muscle damage. Because of this, ESS allows the patient to retain their normal range of spine mobility even after the surgery. Additionally, endoscopic spine surgery can be performed using just regional anesthesia instead of general anesthesia. This is good news for patients with increased surgical risk because of age and other medical conditions.

What ESS Is Not

Endoscopic spine surgery is a reasonably recent procedure and should not be confused with other minimally invasive techniques. For example, some minimally invasive surgical procedures are done with a robotic navigation system, like the ExcelsiusGPS® Robotic Navigation Platform at Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery Texas. With endoscopic spine surgery, a tube is utilized to access problem areas and operate on them. The tube is about the width of a pencil, so it only takes a 1-inch or smaller skin incision to do that surgery.

When Is Endoscopic Spine Surgery Needed?

Minimally invasive spine surgery techniques have seen remarkable developments over the past few years. These are still one of the most viable procedures for most types of spine surgeries today. Endoscopic spine surgery is still a relatively new technique, so it can be hard to find a neurosurgeon who specializes in it. Endoscopic techniques have only been around for over 30 years, and it’s only been recently used in back surgery. However, since its inception with spine surgery, more and more reports have confirmed the efficacy of these techniques and the benefits it presents over traditional methods. If you’re interested in this procedure, it’s best to discuss your options first with your trusted spine specialist.

Choosing the Right Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Clinic

Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery of Texas is led by one of the leading Neurosurgeons in Plano Texas, Dr. Scott Kutz, MD. He is renowned for his use of world-class robotic navigation systems for minimally invasive surgical procedures. He has recently completed an Endoscopic Course for Professionals on Endoscopic Spine Surgery and has added this technique to his growing list of expertise.

Appointments with Dr. Kutz can be made in person or through our telemedicine services. To schedule an appointment and to learn more about his minimally invasive surgical procedures, please get in touch with us at (972) 244-3491 or via email at

Click below to view Dr. Scott Kutz’s certificate of participation from the recently held Endoscopic Spine Surgery Level 1-2 Workshop.