A microdiscectomy is a surgical procedure performed through a small incision in the lower back (lumbar spine) to remove a portion of a degenerated or herniated intervertebral disc (soft structure found between each of the spinal bones) that is pressing on spinal nerves. Pressure on the spinal nerves exiting the spine, a condition called radiculopathy, can cause pain.
Bony portions of the vertebrae (spinal bones) called the laminae and facet joints are removed to allow access to and partial removal of the intervertebral disc.
Generally, there is no need to replace the portion of the disc that is removed. A spinal fusion is not performed, and there is no need to place any hardware or implants.
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A more in depth look at the individual steps of this procedure as well as tips for preparing for and recovering from a microdiscectomy.
In general, surgical treatment options presented by your surgeon are aimed at relieving pressure on nerve roots in an attempt to address pain.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SPINE SURGERY
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As with any surgery, spinal surgery carries certain risks. Your surgeon will explain all the possible complications of the surgery, as well as side effects. Each spinal surgery patient will experience a different post-operative activity level, depending on his/her own individual clinical factors. Your doctor will help counsel about how to best maintain your activities in order to recover properly from your surgery. Such activities include not engaging in high-impact activities that could de-stabilize any instrumentation that may have been implanted.
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