Microdiscectomy, or microdecompression, is a minimally invasive surgery to remove a herniated disc that presses on your spinal canal or nerve roots and causes you pain. The microdiscectomy procedure uses a microscope to allow a small incision, less bleeding, and a shorter recovery time. It is performed under general anesthesia, but it has fewer risks and complications than an open discectomy because it is minimally invasive. Patients can go home the same day or the following morning.
You may be a good candidate for the procedure if you experience:
To find out if microdiscectomy is right for you, we review your symptoms and medical history. We may also use X-rays or MRIs to determine the type and severity of your injury so that we can discuss the approach that best meets your personalized needs.
Microdiscectomy is done under general anesthesia, lying face down. We will use a microscope to see the disc and nerve during the procedure.
You can walk around as soon as the numbness wears off and resume normal everyday activities when we give the OK. Walk as much as you can during the first few weeks of your recovery and wear a brace if recommended.
Completing a physical therapy program accelerates healing and helps prevent future injuries. We will let you know when it’s safe to go back to work and lift objects.