What is the recovery from a microdiscectomy like?

Undergoing any type of neck or back surgery can be taxing on the body, which is why it is so critical to ensure that you are choosing the right procedure and surgeon before making a final decision. If you have been diagnosed with a spinal disc condition and conservative treatments have been exhausted, you may have been recommended to undergo a microdiscectomy procedure.

Because it uses a less invasive approach, microdiscectomy recovery can be shorter and less difficult than recovery from a traditional open spine discectomy. There are also surgical options, including the minimally invasive discectomy performed at Laser Spine Institute, that are even less invasive. By learning about the techniques and recovery process involved with these surgical procedures, you can better work with your doctor and spine specialists to make a more confident treatment decision.

Microdiscectomy recovery — what to expect

A microdiscectomy is often performed in a hospital setting, which means an elevated risk of infection and complication. Overall, traditional neck and back surgeries performed in hospital settings are accompanied by up to a 16 percent infection rate.

The recovery associated with a microdiscectomy can vary from patient to patient. Generally, those undergoing this procedure in a hospital require a one to two night stay for immediate recovery and monitoring postoperatively. The amount of time it takes to fully recover from hospital-based microdiscectomy can also vary, and patients should always follow the advisement of their physician for best results.

Laser Spine Institute discectomy recovery

Laser Spine Institute offers a surgical alternative that is less invasive than a microdiscectomy. Our minimally invasive discectomy is performed in our outpatient ambulatory surgery centers by board-certified spine surgeons+. This procedure is performed with the following steps:

  • The surgeon accesses the spine through a less than 1-inch incision
  • A series of dilating tubes is used to move muscles aside rather than cutting them
  • The surgeon is then able to remove the portion of the disc that is causing nerve compression

This muscle-sparing approach results in less risk of complication and shorter recovery time^ compared to traditional open spine procedures that are performed in a hospital.

To learn more, contact our dedicated team of Spine Care Consultants today. We offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you may be a potential candidate for one of our procedures.