Spinal discectomy surgery is a minimally invasive procedure to remove a herniated spinal disc from the surrounding nerves or spinal cord. When a spinal disc herniates it often impinges the nearby spinal nerves, which can result in severe pain, inflammation, and loss of feeling in the back and throughout the body. If left untreated, this can lead to permanent nerve damage and paralysis.
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Spinal Discectomy Surgery
A spinal discectomy is a spine surgery that involves removing all or part of a spinal disc from a patient’s body. This procedure is minimally invasive, which means the surgical incision is smaller, and the recovery time quicker than traditional spine surgery procedures. Here’s a brief outline of what happens during the procedure:
- The patient is placed under general anesthesia.
- Once positioned onto their belly the patient is prepped and draped in a sterile fashion near the level of the spinal disc in question.
- A small incision is then made overlying the disc and a tube is inserted to minimize muscle damage and create a path to visualize the spine.
- A small window of bone is shaved away, the nerve is gently slid aside exposing the underlying disc herniation.
- The disc material which had herniated out is carefully removed, leaving the majority of the disk in place to support the spine.
- The tube and instruments are removed and the incision is closed.
Spinal discectomies can get patients in extreme pain back to living a normal life. I have helped many patients return to a pain-free existence by performing discectomy surgery. If you are living your life in constant back pain or leg pain, a microdiscectomy spine procedure may be the treatment for you. Give me a call today to chat about your options.