If you have back pain or sciatica and non-surgical treatments haven’t restored your health, you might benefit from a microdiscectomy. Cyril Sebastian, MD, and Derek G. Kroll, DO, perform microdiscectomy procedures at Evergreen Spine and Neurosurgery Center in Shenandoah, Texas & Conroe, Texas. The operation relieves pressure on your spinal nerves, lessening your symptoms. Call Evergreen Spine and Neurosurgery Center or schedule a consultation online to determine if a microdiscectomy is right for you.
Microdiscectomy, sometimes called microdecompression, is a procedure to remove part of a damaged spinal disc and relieve nerve compression. Microdiscectomy is usually a minimally invasive outpatient operation.
The team often uses microdiscectomies to repair herniated discs. Each of your spinal discs has a rubbery outer shell that protects the soft gel interior. When a disc becomes dry and fragile or is injured, the gel interior can push through a weak spot or tear in the shell.
The bulge can compress a nerve in your spine, causing various symptoms, including pain in your back, hips, or legs. You might also have numbness, tingling, or weakness in one or both of your legs. You could have poor coordination or lose control of your bladder or bowels.
A microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. Your surgeon begins by providing a general anesthetic so you can sleep through the operation.
When you’re ready, your surgeon makes a small incision directly above the affected disc. They use a lighted microscope to enhance their visibility of your damaged disc. Then, using special surgical tools, they remove a small piece of the bone covering your disc and the herniated portion of your disc.
When the procedure is over, they close the incision with sutures and apply a bandage. After you recover from the anesthesia, your doctor performs a post-operative exam and releases you to go home and recover.
A friend or family member will need to drive you home, and your surgeon provides aftercare instructions. In general, you should avoid bending, lifting, or sitting for a long time. You’ll need to take it easy for a couple of weeks.
You also need to have physical therapy to rebuild strength and flexibility in your back. While everyone recovers at their own rate, most patients recover in around six weeks. You have routine follow-up appointments so your doctor can monitor your recovery.
If you have any symptoms of a herniated disc or sciatica, call Evergreen Spine and Neurosurgery Center or make an appointment online today for expert treatment, including microdiscectomy.