If you have a herniated disc, you are likely looking for the best option for treatment with a spine surgeon in Orange County. This is a serious condition which can impact every area of your life. Microdiscectomy is a surgical procedure which may provide the relief you want and can be performed by the highly reputable orthopedic surgeons at The Robotic Spine Institute.
What is Microdiscectomy?
Also known as microdecompression spine surgery, it is a surgical procedure which releases pressure on the root of a spinal nerve. The surgeon will remove part of the bone which is on top of the nerve root or some of the disc material which lies underneath.
An incision is made along the lower back, which allows the back muscles to simply be moved out of the way, reducing the risk of damage to the back during surgery. All healthy disc material is left intact; only the damaged portion is removed.
The surgery often provides almost immediate relief, which is one of the reasons patients consider this option for treatment. Even though the procedure is an open surgery, it’s also considered minimally invasive, reducing the healing time for the patient.
Who is a Candidate for Microdiscectomy?
Doctors will often recommend microdiscectomy for leg pain. Patients who have been diagnosed with sciatica or radiculopathy are candidates for this procedure. If they suffer from leg pain, the surgery will often provide immediate relief. If the issue is numbness or weakness in the legs, it can take longer for the nerve root to heal and symptoms to subside.
If you have gone through diagnostic tests such as a CT or MRI and the results indicate a herniated disc, you can visit The Robotic Spine Institute to find out if a microdiscectomy is right for you. You may have tried medications and physical therapy but found no relief from the pain or numbness.
With a microdiscectomy, you will begin walking soon afterwards and resume regular activities over time. In fact, you may even be able to return to work in six weeks or less after the surgery. For those with a more serious injury or more strenuous job, they may require physical therapy and up to eight weeks before returning to work.
If you would like to know more about this procedure or any of our other non-invasive spinal care, please contact The Robotic Spine Institute at (714) 690-2037 to schedule an initial consultation or visit www.TheRoboticSpineInstitute.com.