What is Minimally Invasive Discectomy (Microdiscectomy)?
A Minimally Invasive Discectomy (Microdiscectomy) is a new surgical procedure that uses a very small incision (usually less than one inch), a microscope and small surgical tools to remove portions of the intervertebral disc(s) that are compressing the spinal nerves in the lower back.
A Microdiscectomy is most often used to treat the symptoms of a Herniated Disc that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment options. A Microdiscectomy is also effective in treating Sciatica—a burning pain that runs from the hip to the back of the thigh and legs and Sciatica relief usually occurs very quickly after surgery
At OSS Health, our Board Certified Spine Surgeons are experts in Microdiscectomy surgery and have helped thousands of patients return to an active and healthy lifestyle after this procedure.
How is a Microdiscectomy Surgery Performed at OSS Health?
At OSS Health, a Microdiscectomy is usually performed as an outpatient procedure so that you can return home the same day as your procedure.
During a Microdiscectomy procedure the following steps are performed:
- Incision. A small one-inch incision is made along the lower back.
- Exposure. Muscles are gently retracted so the compressed nerve can be viewed.
- Discectomy. Tiny instruments and microscopic guidance are used to remove pieces of the disc and arthritic bone.
Stitches and adhesive strips close the incision and help prevent infection.
Using our advanced minimally invasive techniques, there is very little surgical trauma and you are able to recover and return to normal activities shortly after surgery.