At the Advanced Center for Orthopedics and Plastic Surgery, our specialty-trained orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Warlick is highly skilled in performing minimally invasive spinal endoscopic procedures. Much like shoulder or knee arthroscopy, this cutting-edge technology uses a camera inserted into the spine to visualize bone spurs, thickened ligaments, and herniated discs, allowing surgical decompression through small incisions less than 2 centimeters. Early ambulation is encouraged immediately following the procedure. This is typically an outpatient procedure, with patients often going home the same day as surgery. For some patients, this technique can be used to treat spinal stenosis, most commonly in the lumbar spine. The Advanced Center for Orthopedics and Plastic Surgery has led the region in adopting this novel technology. After completing regional, national and international training programs through the North American Spine Society and the Global Spine Conference, Dr. Warlick was the first physician in 2020 to perform endoscopic spine surgery in the Upper Peninsula, and he has continued providing this service for the region since 2020.
To learn more about what to expect when you undergo lumbar endoscopic surgery, please visit our surgery prep and recovery page and interactive videos.