Microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a microscope to help surgeons remove herniated disc material. This technique offers several advantages over traditional open spine approaches to discectomy, allowing for an outpatient procedure.
Although not always painful, the displaced disc material from a herniated disc can put pressure on the spinal cord or a nerve root, causing debilitating pain and other symptoms. Surgery can become a serious consideration if conservative treatments have been fully explored without bringing the relief necessary for a healthy and active lifestyle. The goal of a microdiscectomy is to access the spine and remove disc material that is causing painful symptoms.
If you’ve been recommended for spine surgery, Phoenix Spine & Joint wants to provide you with information that can help you make a treatment decision that is right for you.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MICRODISCECTOMY AND TRADITIONAL DISCECTOMY?
Before the development of the microdiscectomy procedure, surgeons needed to make a large incision that disrupted the muscles supporting the spine. This meant an overnight hospital stay, risk of complications and a long recovery period.
With the advancement of medical technology and surgical techniques, surgeons can now perform a minimally invasive microdiscectomy, which can offer the following advantages to patients:
● Less disruption of the muscles that support the spine
● A smaller incision
● An outpatient procedure
While many surgeons perform microdiscectomy procedures, not all of them are performed on an outpatient basis. If you are exploring the possibility of a microdiscectomy procedure, it’s critical to find a surgical provider with a proven track record.
EXCEPTIONAL PATIENT CARE AT PHOENIX SPINE & JOINT
With our state-of-the-art outpatient centers, almost 0% complication rate and 99% patient satisfaction, the caring experts at Phoenix Spine & Joint can help you find the relief you deserve. We believe in patient-centered care, which means providing you with education and information to take an active role in your relief and serving you with a streamlined patient experience that values your time.
For more information on how we can help you get back to the people and activities you’ve been missing, view Ben’s story on our Patient Success page.
You can also contact us today to receive a free second opinion to find out if minimally invasive spine surgery is right for you.