Micro-Lumbar Discectomy

A herniated disc is one of the most common causes of lower back and lower extremity pain. A herniated disc that does not respond to non-surgical treatment options may be treated using a minimally invasive micro-lumbar discectomy procedure. During the procedure, portions of a herniated disc that is compressing nerve roots are removed. Patients who have the procedure experience significant symptom relief or elimination after a short recovery period. The spine specialists at Hope Orthopedics have provided countless patients with a solution to their pain problem using a micro-lumbar discectomy.

A Micro-Lumbar Discectomy at Hope Orthopedics

A micro-lumbar discectomy is typically performed as an outpatient procedure. General anesthesia is used to ensure the patient feels no pain or discomfort throughout the procedure. At Hope Orthopedics, a board-certified anesthesiologist always administers anesthesia. The following steps are used to perform the procedure:

  • Incision. A 1-1/2-inch vertical incision is made over the area where the herniated disc is located.
  • Exposure. Special instruments and retractors are used to gently move soft tissues and muscles so the herniated disc and nearby nerve roots can be visualized.
  • Disc removal. Micro-instruments are used to carefully removes pieces of a disc that are compressing nerve roots.

Incisions are closed using sutures that will be taken out in approximately two weeks. A sterile dressing and Band-Aid are placed over the incision. Total procedure time is typically 1-1/2-hours.

Micro-Lumbar Discectomy Recovery

After their procedure, patients are brought to the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU). They are monitored by registered nurses while the effects of anesthesia subside. Patients return home after they are awake and their pain is controlled. A family member or friend is responsible for driving patients home. Patients should have someone stay with them the first few days after their procedure. Throughout the recovery process, patients will regain strength and their ability to perform day-to-day functions will quickly increase. Working with a physical therapist is an important part of the recovery process. In most cases, recovery takes approximately six weeks.

Micro-Lumbar Discectomy Results

A herniated lumbar disc can cause symptoms in the lower extremities and lower back. Patients who have a herniated disc may present with any or any combination of the following:

Condition Treated Using a Lumbar Laminectomy

A lumbar laminectomy is used to treat spinal stenosis, a condition characterized by the narrowing of the spinal canal and subsequent pinching of the spinal cord or spinal nerve roots. The most common cause of spinal stenosis is osteoarthritis. The symptoms of spinal stenosis typically include any or any combination of the following:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness

Identifying symptoms is an important part of the treatment process. Once symptoms are identified, patients are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an orthopedic spine specialist so their condition can be formally diagnosed and treated. The spine specialists at Hope Orthopedics have the knowledge, experience, and skills required to accurately diagnose conditions and come up with effective treatment plans.