Microdiscectomy, or minimally invasive spine surgery, enables surgeons to treat a number of spinal disorders, such as:
These and other conditions can be treated with a minimally invasive technique that uses state-of-the-art technology, including tiny endoscopic cameras that give surgeons the ability to see inside through minimal incisions.
This technique was designed to bring the least amount of disruption to the muscles that would be dissected and retracted during traditional open-lumbar (back) surgery.
Benefits of Microdiscectomy
Microdiscectomy uses a special microscope that lets the surgeon view the damaged disc and compressed nerves. This enables them to make more precise incisions, with less corresponding damage to neighboring tissue.
It is intended to decrease pain and restore normal movement and function in the patient, and is considered for patients who meet the following criteria:
Your doctor will encourage you to walk as soon as you are able, to help with recovery. You will be giving medicine to help control your pain.
Activities will be light at first, gradually increased as healing progresses. Some post-operative adjustments include: