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Microdiscectomy for Herniated Discs and Back Pain

Microdiscectomy may be the most common surgery to treat herniated discs. This procedure is done on an outpatient basis at Advanced Spine and Pain and is minimally invasive since incisions no longer than 1-inch are necessary.

The Procedure

Microdiscectomy, also known as a microlumbar discectomy, consists of making minimally invasive incisions directly over the herniated disc material and then removing disc material with the aid of a microscope & precision surgical tools. Before closing the wound our surgeon will explore the area to be certain no more offending material is present. Finally, the wound is sutured and glued to minimize scaring. The majority of the disc is left intact and is still able to provide some stability to the spine.

Who is a Candidate?

Candidates for microdiscectomy surgery present with back pain (with or without radiculopathy). At that point our pain management team will confirm the presence of a herniated disc by using a CT scan or MRI. Then consultation with a surgeon will allow you to make the best decision for your future.

Post-Op Success and Follow-Up

Microdiscectomy surgery is an outpatient, minimally invasive spinal procedure in the treatment of herniated disc. Patients report excellent results, with success rates near 96%. A follow-up visit will be scheduled post-op, but most patients report an immediate reduction in pain and improvement in functionality, returning to normal activities within just several weeks.

Schedule a consultation today with one of our spine surgeons or pain management experts!