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What is a Microdiscectomy?

A microdiscectomy, provided by NeuroSpine Plus, is an effective surgical procedure that addresses pain and related symptoms resulting from a herniated disc pressing on a nearby nerve root within the spine. This minimally invasive technique involves the meticulous removal of small disc fragments, bone, and ligament, freeing the compressed nerve. Utilizing advanced tools, imaging, microscopic techniques and specializedand instruments, oura skilled neurosurgeons performs the microdiscectomy through a small incision; this is why it is’s considered a minimally-invasive procedure. It is’s important to note that microdiscectomy is a form of spinal decompression surgery, and it may also be described as microdecompression, referring to the surgical removal of bone or ligament causing nerve compression. However, the term “microdiscectomy” specifically pertains to the removal of the herniated disc tissue fragment responsible for the patient’s symptoms.

What symptoms are treated with a Microdiscectomy?

Patients experiencing symptoms such as weakness, pain, or tingling in your back area or leg due to a herniated disc in your lower back, you may require a microdiscectomy for relief. However, it is important to note that not all cases of back pain can be treated with a microdiscectomy, and not everyone with a herniated disc necessarily needs this procedure. Your healthcare provider may consider a microdiscectomy if you have already tried alternative treatments without success and continue to suffer from severe symptoms. Other recommended treatments to explore initially include physical therapy and the use of anti-inflammatory medicines. At NeuroSpine Plus, we customize solutions for each patient’s needs.

At NeuroSpine Plus, we prioritize conservative treatments for herniated discs, reserving surgical intervention, and more specifically a microdiscectomy as an option after a thorough evaluation of conservative approaches such as physical therapy, pain management evaluation, and medical management. However, expedited surgical intervention may be necessary if motor weakness is present, while immediate attention is required for patients exhibiting cauda equina syndrome. This rare condition affects less than 1% of individuals, impacting the nerves in the lower spine and causing bladder and bowel dysfunction.

How is a microdiscectomy performed?

Microdiscectomy surgery, performed by NeuroSpine Plus, utilizes one of three minimally invasive techniques to access the herniated disc and nerve. These techniques include midline, tubular, or endoscopic microdiscectomy. Previously, traditional discectomies involved a large incision and the removal of the entire disc. However, with the advancement of techniques and equipment, most spine surgeons now opt for microdiscectomies, resulting in rapid pain relief, often immediate.

What is the expected recovery time from a microdiscectomy?

With spine surgeries, there are two types: open (traditional) or minimally invasive. Whenever possible, our spine surgeons use minimally invasive options to reduce the likelihood of complications and help you recover quicker.

However, with an open spine surgery, they may conduct it as it’s the only appropriate option. This surgery allows them to directly see your bones and surrounding tissues to identify and solve additional spinal complications.

They conduct an extensive examination for all surgeries and put you through diagnostic imaging tests first. They listen to your concerns and symptoms before scheduling you for an operation. In both procedures, you’ll be administered general anesthesia to ensure you feel no pain and are comfortable throughout the entire time.


When should you call your doctor following a microdiscectomy?

When should you call your doctor following a microdiscectomy?

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