What is Minimally Invasive Discectomy (Microdiscectomy)?
A minimally invasive discectomy (microdiscectomy) removes portions of nerve compressing lumbar intervertebral disc that causes lower back and/or lower extremity pain. A microdiscectomy is usually performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. Steps used to perform the procedure are:
- Incision. A small one-inch incision is made along the lower back.
- Exposure. Muscles are gently retracted so the compressed nerve can be viewed.
- Discectomy. Tiny instruments and microscopic guidance are used to remove pieces of the disc and arthritic bone.
- Closure. Stitches and adhesive strips close the incision.
Microdiscectomy decompresses the nerve and relieves symptoms very quickly, if not immediately. There is very little surgical trauma so patients are able to recover and return to normal activities shortly after surgery.
What Conditions Does Microdiscectomy Treat?
Microdiscectomy is used to treat herniated disc symptoms that do not respond to nonsurgical treatment options. A microdiscectomy is especially effective in treating sciatica—a burning pain runs from the hip to the back of the thigh and legs. Sciatica relief usually occurs very quickly after surgery. Herniated disc symptoms like weakness and numbness may take longer to improve because complete nerve healing is necessary.
Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey board-certified and fellowship-trained spine specialists Dr. Ramil Bhatnager, Dr. Joel Goldstein and Dr. Michael Lospinuso perform microdiscectomies. If you experience lower back and/or lower extremity pain, please contact our office to arrange an appointment.
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