Turkish Neurosurgery
Retrospective analysis of paraspinal muscle-splitting microscopic-assisted discectomy versus percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy for the treatment of far-lateral lumbar disc herniation
Lei Kong1, Yan Huang1, Tao Yao1, Hong-Guang Xu2
1The first affiliated hospital of USTC, Division of Life Science and Medicine, University of Science and Technology of China, orthopedics, HeFei,
2The first affiliated hospital of Wannan Medical College, orthopedics, Wu Hu,
DOI: 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.35699-21.3

Aim:The purpose of this study was to compare percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD) and the microscopic tubular technique and evaluate the outcomes of surgery.Material and Methods:We collected information through retrospective analysis of patients with far-lateral lumbar disc herniation (FLLDH) from June 2015 to October 2018. Twenty-six patients underwent paraspinal muscle-splitting microscopic-assisted discectomy (MD) and thirty patients underwent PELD surgery by the same surgical team. Data included the duration of the operation, duration of intraoperative radiation exposure, and average duration of hospitalization. Pre- and postoperative pain scores and neurological functions were recorded using the visual analog scale (VAS) score and Oswestry disability index (ODI).Results:Fifty-six patients remained in the study over the 12-24 months period. The mean operating time was 65.83 ± 16.64 min in the PELD group, mean duration of radiation exposure was 154.98 ± 64.26 mGy, and average of hospitalization was 3.43 days. The mean operating time was 44.96 ± 16.87 min in the MD group, duration of radiation exposure was 42.12 ± 17.28 mGy, and duration of hospitalization was 4.12 days. There were two patients with postoperative transient dysesthesia and one underwent reoperation seven months after surgery in the PELD group. One patient had postoperative transient dysesthesia in the MD group. Except low back pain at three months (p>0.05), all patients in both groups showed significant improvement in VAS and ODI scores compared with pre-operation and until final follow-up (p<0.05). Conclusion:Both techniques are minimally invasive, effective, and safe for treating FLLDH in selected patients. Compared with the PELD technique, the MD procedure offers a wider field of vision during operation, shorter operation time, fewer postoperative complications, and shorter learning curve.

Corresponding author : Tao Yao