Microdiscectomy

Microdiscectomy

If you are seeking relief from a bulging or damaged disc in the lower spine you may be recommended for a minimally invasive procedure known as a microdiscectomy. Living with a bulging disc or a disc that is severely damaged can be extremely debilitating and keep you from work or other daily activities. 

At BEST, we understand that spine pain can be difficult to live with. We offer microdiscectomy as well as other spine procedures to treat back pain. Our mission is to relieve your pain and get you back to the quality of life you deserve. 

What is a Microdiscectomy

A microdiscectomy is a surgical procedure in which a surgeon will remove part or all of a bulging or damaged disc in the lower spine. This is because when a spinal disc presses against the nerves it will cause pain and numbness in the buttock and leg. These symptoms vary between patients but can often be painful enough to warrant a procedure. 

What to Expect

Microdiscectomy will be performed under general anesthesia. It is typically recommended to stop taking pain medications before surgery as it can disrupt the anesthesia. The back will then be cleansed and prepared for surgery. Patients can expect a small incision, typically from 1-2 inches. Microsurgical instruments will be used to guide the surgeon. Once there is a clear visual of the spine, a small window is made in the bone to access the pinched nerves located within the spinal canal. The nerves are gently moved to the side and protected using specialized microsurgical instruments.

Once this is done the damaged disc is removed. The nerves are then examined in order to ensure they are no longer being compressed. The wound is then washed out with antibiotics before the removal of the tube retractor. Once the procedure is complete, the damage is closed with absorbable stitches, and a bandage is placed.

Back and Neck Conditions

A multitude of conditions impacts the back and neck from scoliosis that curves the side, pinched nerves that cause back pressure, or a herniated disc.

Microdiscectomy at BEST

Patients at BEST Health System have access to various treatment options including microdiscectomy. In addition, we offer physical therapy, orthotics, and nutritional services. In addition to conservative treatment, we do all-out imaging on-site. Our state-of-the-art facilities are all-inclusive and capable of running diagnostic imaging including X-rays, MRI, and CT scans. 

If you require surgery for joint pain, BEST offers minimally invasive options performed by our board-certified surgeons. The incision for minimally invasive surgery is typically less than an inch, and most patients who undergo surgery with BEST walk within hours. 

If you would like to learn more about what BEST has to offer, feel free to reach out to us today!

 

 

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