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Percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy for high-grade down-migrated disc using a trans-facet process and pedicle-complex approach: a technical case series



The use of conventional percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD) for high-grade down-migrated lumbar disc herniation medial to the pedicle via the transforaminal route can result in less favorable outcomes. We report a new PELD technique for the treatment of high-grade down-migrated lumbar disc herniation via a facet process and pedicle-complex approach.


Three patients with high-grade down-migrated L3–4 and L4–5 disc herniation presented to our hospital. Each underwent PELD via a facet process and pedicle complex approach to remove the herniated fragment and achieve complete decompression of the nerve root.


Patients’ symptoms were relieved. Postoperative magnetic resonance imaging showed root decompression. Follow-up 12-month computed tomography revealed no pedicle or facet fracture and healing of the pedicle complex and facet process bone tunnel.


PELD via a facet process and pedicle-complex approach may be an option for high-grade, down-migrated lumbar disc herniation with completely sequestrated nucleus pulposus.

Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00586-017-5365-3

DOI: 10.1007/s00586-017-5365-3

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