Micro disc surgery, which is also known as percutaneous endoscopic microdiscectomy, is a procedure that has been developed as an alternative to traditional open back surgery. Used to treat severe back and neck pain, micro disc surgery is typically seen as a last resort for individuals who have not responded to a period of conservative, non-surgical treatments.
Spine surgery becomes an option when one of the shock-absorbent intervertebral discs in the spine has become herniated, ruptured, thinned, or swollen and is causing nerve compression, severe pain, and other neurological problems. Appropriately enough, surgery aimed at easing nerve compression is often called “decompression surgery.” To accomplish nerve decompression, spine surgeons have historically removed the entire problematic disc and grafted the vertebrae together in a procedure known as spinal fusion. More recently, disc replacement surgery has become a viable option, in which the surgeon has replaced the problematic disc with a manmade disc. However, both of these open back procedures are massively intrusive and require lengthy recovery and rehabilitation.
Conversely, micro disc surgery from Laser Spine Institute (LSI) is much less invasive and more precise than spine fusion or disc replacement surgery. In this procedure, the surgeon surgically uses a gentle laser to remove the portion of the symptomatic disc that is causing the nerve compression.
Nerve decompression can alleviate a number of symptoms, including:
- Back and neck pain
- Pain radiating along a nerve, including sciatic pain
- Muscle weakness
- Numbness and tingling in the extremities
- And more
Micro disc surgery is an outpatient procedure which means shorter rehabilitation time and less post-operative recovery, so you can get on with your life. To learn more about micro disc procedures and other endoscopic spine procedures, and for a free review of your MRI or CT scan, contact LSI today.