If you have been experiencing back pain, the Desert Institute for Spine Care (DISC) has minimally invasive solutions, such as a microdiscectomy. Read more to see if you are a good candidate for microdiscectomy spine surgery.

What Is a Microdiscectomy and What Does It Treat?

A microdiscectomy — also known as microdecompression — removes part or all of the herniated disc tissue to relieve spinal nerve pain in the lower back. Microdiscectomies fall under the general blanket of spinal decompression procedures.

You might be experiencing a herniated disc if you have back pain, shooting pain down your legs, muscle weakness or difficulty with repetitive movements. This procedure is often recommended after more conservative treatments, such as physical therapy and pain medication.

A Look at a Microdiscectomy Procedure at DISC

DISC uses a minimally invasive technique for microdiscectomies. While you are sedated, the surgeon will make a small incision in your lower back. Our advanced surgical tools will locate the herniated disc and carefully cut away the tissue, instantly relieving pressure on your lumbar nerve.

Once the tissue is removed, the surgeon will replace the muscles that must be moved to locate the disc. They will then suture the incision and send you to a recovery area to be monitored while the anesthesia wears off. The procedure can take 30-60 minutes, depending on the severity of the herniated disc.

Microdiscectomy Recovery Time

Because minimally invasive procedures only require one to two small incisions, the recovery time following a microdiscectomy is much shorter than with open-back surgery. During the first few weeks, avoid bending or slouching while sitting to allow your incision to heal properly. 

We also recommend physical therapy during this period for a quicker and safer recovery. You will learn exercises to improve your range of motion, strengthen your back and prevent further herniation.

As with most surgeries, the recovery period can vary from person to person. Generally, patients can begin moving normally after two to four weeks, with a full recovery after about eight weeks.

The Benefits of Microdiscectomy Spine Surgery

Deciding to undergo microdiscectomy spine surgery can be daunting but will be extremely rewarding in the end. Some primary benefits of this procedure include:

  • Relieving pain: The primary goal and motivation for microdiscectomy is back pain relief. This procedure specifically targets and removes the tissue causing pain, eliminating the problem at the root.
  • Improving regular functioning: After a microdiscectomy, you will feel like yourself again, even down to the little, everyday movements. Walking, standing and sitting will all feel better once again.
  • Restoring mobility: Once you can do more basic movements, you will regain the mobility to enjoy your favorite activities. Take it slow at first, and you will eventually rebuild your strength.

Contact DISC — the Microdiscectomy Experts You Can Trust

At DISC, we strive to help patients reach their pain-free potential. Our surgeons and our facility have a quality reputation for providing results. While we are based in Phoenix, AZ, we treat patients worldwide at our center. Contact us today to set up your microdiscectomy consultation with our experts.