Understanding Endoscopic Spine Surgery at Envision Spine Surgery

Endoscopic Spine Surgery is revolutionizing the field of spinal treatment, offering patients a path to a pain-free life with minimal invasiveness and quick recovery time. At Shen-Spine, we leverage this cutting-edge technique, committing ourselves to optimal spinal health.

dr. jian shen performing endoscopic spine surgery
dr. jian shen performing endoscopic spine surgery

What is Endoscopic Spine Surgery?

Endoscopic Spine Surgery is an advanced surgical technique that uses a small tube with a specialized video camera and instruments through small incisions (less than ½ inch) to access and treat conditions affecting the spine.  Unlike traditional open surgery, this minimally invasive procedure allows our experienced surgeon, Dr. Jian Shen, to operate with less tissue and muscle disruption, resulting in less post-operative pain and a faster recovery time.


It is considered one of the most innovative surgical techniques developed in the last 15 years, and Dr. Shen is one of the elite few spine surgeons in the world who performs it. In fact, Dr. Shen has performed more than 5,000 endoscopic procedures with 0 complications

Benefits of Endoscopic Spine Surgery

Choosing endoscopic spine surgery at Shen-Spine means experiencing a host of benefits. The procedure minimizes scarring due to smaller incisions and allows for a quicker return to normal activity when compared to traditional surgery. There is little to no damage to skin, muscle, ligaments, and bone so there is less post-op pain.


Since general anesthesia isn’t necessary, there are fewer medical risks, and many endoscopic spine procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis.


 Our patients have shared exceptional success stories and testimonials, highlighting the life-changing results this procedure has brought them.

endoscopic view of decompressed cervical nerve root
Endoscopic view of a decompressed cervical nerve root

Who is a Candidate For Endoscopic Spine Surgery?

Endoscopic spine surgery is ideal for individuals suffering from various spinal conditions including, but not limited to:

  • Herniated Disc: This occurs when the soft center of a spinal disc pushes through a crack in the tougher exterior casing. The irritation of nearby nerves can lead to pain, numbness, or weakness in an arm or leg.
  • Spinal Stenosis: This condition is characterized by the narrowing of spaces within your spine, which can put pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine. Spinal stenosis occurs most often in the lower back and the neck.
  • Sciatica: This refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Sciatica typically affects only one side of your body and is usually caused by a herniated disc.
  • Foraminal Stenosis: This is a specific type of spinal stenosis that occurs when the foramen (the gap through which the nerve root exits the spinal canal) narrows and compresses the spinal nerve root. This can cause symptoms similar to spinal stenosis.
  • Spondylolisthesis: This condition occurs when one of the vertebrae of the spine slides out of place onto the bone below it. This can compress the nerve root, leading to pain and discomfort.
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS): This refers to chronic pain following spinal surgery. In some cases, endoscopic surgery may be used to treat pain associated with FBSS.
  • Spinal Disc Infection (Discitis, Osteomyelitis): Infections in the disc space are rare but can be severe. Endoscopic surgery may be used to drain the infection and alleviate the pressure on the spine. 

Candidates for this procedure are those who have not had success with conservative treatment methods. However, each patient is unique, and Dr. Shen will carefully evaluate your condition to recommend the best treatment approach.

Recovery And Post-Operative Care For Endoscopic Spine Surgery

Recovery from endoscopic spine surgery is much quicker than traditional surgeries. Post-operative care involves regular follow-ups with Dr. Shen, and possibly a customized physical therapy regimen. Endoscopic spine surgery entails minimal invasion, causing minimal harm to the skin, muscle, and bone, resulting in reduced postoperative discomfort.


Our dedicated team at Shen-Spine is here to guide you through every step, ensuring you get back to your normal routine as swiftly and safely as possible.

MRI image of decompressed spinal canal after endoscopic surgery

Frequently Asked Questions About Endoscopic Spine Surgery

Endoscopic spine surgery is a significant decision, and it’s natural to have questions. We’ve curated a list of commonly asked questions about the procedure, the recovery, and everything in between. If you don’t find your question answered here, don’t hesitate to contact us – our patient care team is ready to assist you.

How Does Endoscopic Spine Surgery Differ From Traditional Open Spine Surgery?

Unlike traditional open spine surgery, Endoscopic Spine Surgery involves smaller incisions, less disruption of muscles and tissues, and typically results in less post-operative pain and faster recovery.

What Are The Risks and Complications Associated With Endoscopic Spine Surgery?

Like any surgical procedure, there are potential risks such as infection, bleeding, nerve injury, and anesthesia complications. However, the risk is considered lower than traditional open spine surgery due to its minimally invasive nature.

What is The Recovery Process Like After Endoscopic Spine Surgery?

Recovery time can vary depending on the patient and the specifics of the surgery, but generally, patients experience a quicker recovery and return to normal activities faster than with traditional surgery. Post-operative care typically includes follow-ups with the surgeon and possibly a tailored physical therapy program.

Will My Insurance Cover Endoscopic Spine Surgery?

Coverage for Endoscopic Spine Surgery varies among insurance providers and plans. It’s important to check with your specific insurance company to understand what your policy covers.

Why Choose Shen-Spine Surgery For Your Endoscopic Spine Surgery?

Dr. Jian is one of the top spine surgeons in the world and a pioneer in the field of spine surgery. We are committed to patient care and excellence in spinal treatment. We utilize advanced technology and follow stringent safety protocols. Your trust is our commitment, and your health, is our mission. 

Are you ready to explore how Endoscopic Spine Surgery can improve your quality of life? Schedule a consultation with us today to discuss your options and take the first step toward a pain-free future.