Microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a microscope to help surgeons remove herniated disc material. This technique offers several advantages over traditional open spine approaches to discectomy, allowing for an outpatient procedure.
Although not always painful, the displaced disc material from a herniated disc can put pressure on the spinal cord or a nerve root, causing debilitating pain and other symptoms. Surgery can become a serious consideration if conservative treatments have been fully explored without bringing the relief necessary for a healthy and active lifestyle. The goal of a microdiscectomy is to access the spine and remove disc material that is causing painful symptoms.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MICRODISCECTOMY AND TRADITIONAL DISCECTOMY?
Before the development of the microdiscectomy procedure, surgeons needed to make a large incision that disrupted the muscles supporting the spine. This meant an overnight hospital stay, risk of complications and a long recovery period.
With the advancement of medical technology and surgical techniques, surgeons can now perform a minimally invasive microdiscectomy, which can offer the following advantages to patients:
● Less disruption of the muscles that support the spine
● A smaller incision
● An outpatient procedure
While many surgeons perform microdiscectomy procedures, not all of them are performed on an outpatient basis. If you are exploring the possibility of a microdiscectomy procedure, it’s critical to find a surgical provider with a proven track record.