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Suffering from severe back pain caused by a herniated disc? That’s because it’s pushing on your spinal nerves and compressing them – triggering a pain signal to your brain. A microdiscectomy may be the remedy for your pain.

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What is a Microdiscectomy?

This kind of surgery relieves the pressure on a spinal nerve when a herniated disc is crowding the spinal canal. It literally removes the herniated disc material that’s causing the nerve compression, offering pain relief almost immediately.

While a microdiscectomy is one of the more minimally invasive spine surgeries, it still is a serious operation completed under general anesthesia.

Why is a Microdiscectomy Performed?

A microdiscectomy is performed to relieve leg pain caused by disc fragments, putting pressure on nerve roots, typically in the lumbar spine.

This surgery can provide lasting relief to patients, enabling them to resume normal activities within just a couple of months.

How is a Microdiscectomy Performed?

A microdiscectomy is performed by a spine surgeon, who will make a small incision in the lower back. Then, they will simply move the back muscles out of the way, to access the necessary section of the spine.

The procedure will typically last between one and two hours, with a recovery time of 12 weeks.

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What To Expect After a Microdiscectomy

When you wake up from the surgery, your back may feel stiff or sore – that’s to be expected, and your doctor will prescribe pain relief as necessary.

In the weeks that follow, you will feel relief from your herniated disc pain, but some patients may require physical therapy to help regain full range of motion.

Frequently Asked Questions about Microdiscectomy

1. How painful is a Microdiscectomy?
The post-surgery pain felt from this kind of procedure is typically described as mild – and can usually be handled with an over-the-counter pain medication. If you experience more severe pain, though, your doctor may prescribe stronger prescription medication.

2. Do they put you to sleep for Microdiscectomy?
General anesthesia is used for a microdiscectomy so yes, the patient is unconscious.

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Don’t let pain keep you from doing everything that you enjoy. Contact the expert team at AZBSC Spine & Orthopedics today!