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A microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that eliminates pressure on a nerve root or the spinal cord by removing any offending disc material. This procedure eliminates pain and restores mobility to the affected area of the spine that was affected.

If conservative treatments have failed to provide relief for your painful spinal disc condition, you may be a candidate for microdiscectomy.

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Do I Need a Microdiscectomy?

Whether you’ve suffered an injury or are experiencing normal wear-and-tear from aging, your spinal discs can become damaged. A microdiscectomy can be used to rectify injured or failing discs in cases where conservative, non-surgical treatments have not been successful. Individuals who need a microdiscectomy often experience the following conditions: 

  • Bulging Disc
  • Disc Degeneration
  • Disc Tear
  • Failed Back & Neck Surgery
  • Foraminal Stenosis
  • Herniated Disc
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Radiculitis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Stenosis

During a microdiscectomy, the surgeon makes a one-inch or smaller incision to access the problematic disc. Surrounding muscles and tissues are gently moved rather than cutting through them, making this surgical treatment less traumatic than a traditional open back discectomy. Most microdiscectomy procedures can be completed in one hour and patients can go home within a few hours. 

If back pain from a damaged disc is making you miserable, the ISSI team of spine surgeons and specialists can help. Try our treatment checker tool below to see if a microdiscectomy is the right treatment for you. 

Am I a Candidate for Microdiscectomy?

Sometimes conservative treatments aren’t successful and the next viable option is surgery. If you are seeing the results you need with your current non-surgical treatments, you may not be a candidate for a microdiscectomy. Most patients who receive this treatment have been experiencing pain for a minimum of six weeks with no results from conservative treatment. Surgeons and patients alike prefer a microdiscectomy to other more traditional options because: 

  • A traditional open discectomy requires a larger incision than a microdiscectomy, which is often one-inch or less. 
  • Traditional discectomies cut through the muscles, causing unnecessary damage and scarring, where as a microdiscectomy goes around the muscle to reduce trauma.
  • Microdiscectomies are less risky than traditional discectomies.
  • Because there is less damage and a smaller incision, recovery from a microdiscectomy is much faster and less painful than traditional disc surgery.
  • A microdiscectomy procedure takes less time than a traditional discectomy. 

If you are experiencing pain from a damaged spinal disc, seek treatment sooner rather than later. See if you qualify for a microdiscectomy by trying our candidacy checker tool below.




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