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Herniated Disc With Sciatica | Foot Drop

From our YouTube channel visitor: "Hi. I saw a neurosurgeon regarding my foot weakness in my left leg. I was surprised they didn’t even order an MRI or X-ray. I’ve had improving dorsiflexion in my foot for 1.5 months but nonetheless not full strength. I think they weren’t too worried because my radicular symptoms are [...]

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Herniated Disc With Sciatica | Microdiscectomy Surgery

From our YouTube channel visitor: "Thank you so much for your content! I thoroughly enjoyed everything about it. I just had the surgery a week ago and I'm very nervous about this numbness and burning sensation. I am a very healthy 57yr old male in very good shape and never had an injury or a [...]

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Recurrent Herniated Disc With Sciatica 

From our YouTube channel visitor: "Hi Doctor, I had an extrusion of L5-S1 two and a half years ago and had a microdiscectomy. I didn't have any pain after the surgery until 2 weeks ago when I felt my disc exploding again. I had severe back pain for 2 days and then the pain was [...]

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What you need to know to get rid of RADICULOPATHY!

Radiculopathy is a problem with a nerve root typically caused by compression or inflammation due to a herniated disc, bone spur causing spinal stenosis (narrowing).   MRI is the best test to show the cause of radiculopathy.  A diagnostic block is the definitive proof a radiculopathy is causing your pain.  The treatment for radiculopathy is to [...]

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Should You Take Collagen or Glucosamine/Chondroitin for a Herniated Disc

This question recently came to me from YouTube. The answer is clear: NO! NEJ! NIE! NEM! NINE! HAYIR! NEE! KHONG! EI! HET! LO! NEI! Glucosamine/Chondroitin and collagen protein supplement are food additives sometimes proposed for the treatment of low back pain due to arthritis of the facet joints. There is nothing in the medical literature [...]

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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.


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.