Because of its unique role in maintaining upright posture, the human lumbar spine is a common site of stress and life-affecting disease. Millions of surgeries and other interventions are performed every year in the U.S. to alleviate pain in the lower back and leg due to degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine. Richard Wolf has developed a variety of endoscopic applications for addressing a variety of these painful conditions.
As part of a total spine endoscopy concept, Richard Wolf has developed, in collaboration with Dr. Anthony Yeung and Dr. Sebastian Ruetten, techniques and instrumentation for surgery of the lumbar spine. The Richard Wolf endoscopes and access instruments have been designed specifically for the anatomy being addressed, and standard techniques have been developed to ensure repeatable results. The combination of transforaminal, extraforaminal and interlaminar approaches to decompressing neural elements of the lumbar spine allows for maximum flexibility in addressing a variety of underlying pathologies.