Micro disc surgery, which is also known as microdiscectomy, is a procedure that has been developed as an alternative to traditional open back surgery. Used to treat severe neck and back 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, thin 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 performed a traditional open spine fusion, wherein the problematic disc is removed and the vertebrae are grafted together. 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 procedures, when performed as traditional open spine procedures, are massively intrusive and require lengthy recovery and rehabilitation.
Conversely, micro disc surgery from Laser Spine Institute is much less invasive and is more precise than open spine fusion or open back disc replacement surgery. In this procedure, the surgeon uses a laser to remove the portion of the symptomatic disc that is causing the nerve compression.
Nerve decompression can alleviate a number of symptoms, including:
- Neck and back 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 postoperative recovery than traditional open spine surgery so that you can get on with your life. To learn more about micro disc procedures and other minimally invasive spine procedures, and for a free review of your MRI or CT scan, contact Laser Spine Institute today.