Neurospine.  2020 Jul;17(Suppl 1):S74-S80. 10.14245/ns.2040166.083.

Posterior Endoscopic Cervical Decompression: Review and Technical Note

  • 1Department of Orthopedics, The Second Affiliated Xinqiao Hospital of Army Medical University, Chongqing, China


Endoscopic spine surgery for the treatment of degenerative spinal diseases from lumbar to cervical spine has accelerated over the past 2 decades. Posterior endoscopic cervical discectomy (PECD) has been described as a safe, effective, and minimally invasive procedure for cervical radiculopathy or even part of the myelopathy. This procedure also has been validated with comparable outcomes to open and microscopic surgery. Radiculopathy due to foraminal disc herniation or foraminal stenosis should be the optimum indications of this procedure. Intraoperative 3-dimensional navigation can help surgeons to get quick and great quality guidance for endoscopic surgeons. In this review, we will focus on the technical details and evidence-based results of PECD which is a promising procedure for cervical radiculopathy with the advantages of a minimally invasive method.


Minimally invasive spine; Posterior endoscopic cervical discectomy; Foraminotomy; Navigation
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