Endoscopic Spine Surgery

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Dr. Virella is a Board Certified Minimally Invasive Neurosurgeon

Agoura Hills / Palmdale / Valencia

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Specializing in Endoscopic Spine Surgery

What is endoscopic spine surgery?

Endoscopic spinal surgery is the newest type of minimally invasive spine surgery. During an endoscopic procedure, Dr. Virella uses a light and a very small camera or microscope to visualize and operate on the spine. This type of approach is beneficial because it allows Dr. Virella to make a smaller incision and it causes less damage to surrounding muscles and soft tissues. Patients who undergo endoscopic spine surgery recover quickly, experience less post-surgical pain, and have a less noticeable scar.

Dr. Virella performs endoscopic cervical spine surgery and endoscopic lumbar spine surgery to treat neck, back, and extremity pain. He frequently performs the following procedures:

Each procedure is performed using live x-ray (fluoroscopy) and as previously mentioned a light and camera or microscope. Dilating tubes of varying sizes are used to gently move muscles and soft tissues away from the area that is being operated on. Tiny instruments are used to perform the operation. In most cases, the procedure is performed on an outpatient basis.

What conditions does endoscopic spine surgery treat?

Spinal stenosis and a herniated disc are the two most common conditions that can be treated using endoscopic spine surgery. Symptoms that are caused by these conditions usually are related to the pinching or compression of the spinal cord or a spinal nerve root. The most common symptoms include:

  • Neck or back pain
  • Extremity weakness
  • Extremity numbness and/or tingling

The goal of surgery is to decompress the nerve. Patients who choose Dr. Virella as their endoscopic spine surgery doctor/surgeon can look forward to symptom relief in a very short period of time. Patients who are experiencing symptoms are encouraged to make an appointment with Dr. Virella. Once their condition is officially diagnosed, endoscopic spine treatment/procedure options will be recommended and they will be on their way to living a symptom-free life.

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Anthony Virella, MD
Anthony Virella, MD is a Board-Certified, Fellowship Trained Neurological Spine Surgeon with advanced training in the management spinal disorders. He is also a graduate of the UCLA Neurosurgery Residency Program and completed his Complex Spine Resident Fellowship at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Additional work included a second Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at the UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center.  Dr. Virella is a nationally recognized spine specialist and has authored numerous articles and lectured nationally and internationally in the field of Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.
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Board Certified Neurosurgeon, Dr. Anthony Virella, is a pioneer in Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery specializing in Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Procedures. If surgery is recommended, Dr. Virella specializes in minimally invasive procedures that often require an incision of only an inch or less.

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Nervous or Apprehensive about taking the first step?
People all over the world delay their treatments due to long-term anxieties and fears surrounding spine surgery and treatments in general. Our practice has worked with many patients over the years and we understand these valid concerns. If you have these general concerns, please click below to read “A Message from Dr. Virella“.
Read: A Letter To Patients From Dr. Virella

Relieving your pain should not be a cause for anxiety, and we take every step possible to make sure our patients are comfortable, secure and relaxed from their first visit to their last. Remember, there is nothing scary about taking back control of your life and relieving your pain. Our practice is highly organized and provides step-by-step guided help the entire way to keep you relaxed with your focus where it should be- on you.

You’ve already taken the first step by searching for the right doctor and can soon be on a path to a pain-free life. Call our practice today (805-449-0088or request a callback to come and visit with me. We will sit down together and discuss your concerns. Then, I will provide you with a thorough analysis and review of a suggested care path and treatment options.

I pride myself in being extremely attentive to my patients, using extreme caution and putting to work my experience (of nearly two decades) in conservative treatments and minimally invasive procedures that have given thousands of patient their lives back. I have spent my life designing a new approach to spine treatments that reduce any anxieties of my patients by providing them with a comprehensive strategy that makes sense and is proven.

Don’t let your pain get worse by delaying getting the help you need. Neglecting needed treatment will (almost certainly) make your situation worse. We hope you decide to take control of your pain and your life. We welcome and look forward to meeting you and having the opportunity to shares our skills and successes with you. Thank you for taking the time to read and we hope to see you soon.

ANTHONY A. VIRELLA M.D., F.A.C.S