Lumbar microdiscectomy — overview

In the past, the established surgical treatment for patients suffering from a disc condition has been a discectomy procedure. When using traditional methods, this surgery is highly invasive and requires a large incision and a long recovery time. However, advances in medicine and technology have allowed for the development of a less invasive approach called a microdiscectomy. This type of procedure involves a smaller incision, a reduced hospital stay and a shorter recovery period.

Traditional lumbar microdiscectomy

For patients suffering from disc conditions in the lumbar (lower) region of the spine, you may be recommend to undergo a lumbar microdiscectomy. To accomplish this, the surgeon accesses the affected area through a 1- to 3-inch incision. In order to reach the disc, the surgeon will either cut through or move aside the muscles, often causing some level of muscular damage and increasing recovery time.

If this procedure is performed in a hospital setting, as is sometimes required, the risks and recovery time are much greater than undergoing a procedure in an outpatient setting. The typical open neck or back procedure is accompanied by a 16 percent infection rate and a microdiscectomy may require a hospital stay that ranges from one to three nights.

Laser Spine Institute’s alternative

Laser Spine Institute offers an alternative to the microdiscectomy that is less invasive. Our minimally invasive discectomy is performed by board-certified surgeons+ in our ambulatory surgery centers and offers the following benefits:

  • A less than 1-inch incision
  • An outpatient procedure
  • Less risk of complication than traditional open spine surgery
  • A 0.55 percent infection rate^

During a minimally invasive discectomy, our surgeons gently spread the muscles, which reduces the muscle disruption caused with traditional open microdiscectomy. Once the disc is reached, the surgeon is able to remove the portion of the disc that is causing the compression, relieving the patient’s pain and symptoms.

At Laser Spine Institute we understand that our patients value their ability to enjoy life, which is why we are committed to offering procedures that can help you get your life back as quickly as possible. For more information about our minimally invasive discectomy, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Our dedicated team can perform a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.