Microdiscectomy vs. minimally invasive discectomy

A severe disc condition, such as a bulging or herniated disc, can come between you and the life you’re used to living. If you’ve exhausted conservative treatments and are still suffering from chronic pain, you and your doctor may begin to consider surgical options.

The thought of undergoing spine surgery can be frustrating and disheartening. It means you are still suffering from chronic pain despite your best efforts to treat it. Now, you have to determine if the potential risks of spine surgery are worth the benefits.

At Laser Spine Institute, we understand the difficulty of this decision. We believe you shouldn’t feel boxed into a corner when making an important decision about your spine care. That is why we like to educate our patients about the alternative treatment options to traditional open back surgery. It is very important to know all your options so you can make an informed decision about your spine care needs. If you have any questions about your condition or the full range of surgical options available, contact our caring team today.

Similarities between a microdiscectomy and our minimally invasive discectomy

The biggest similarity between the two procedures is simple: both offer a less invasive alternative to the traditional discectomy procedure.

A traditional discectomy is highly invasive, requiring a lengthy recovery time due to the large incision and accompanying muscle disruption involved. In order to reduce risks and shorten the recovery time after surgery,^ both the microdiscectomy and our minimally invasive discectomy are procedures that are able to be performed through a smaller incision.

Differences between a microdiscectomy and minimally invasive discectomy at Laser Spine Institute

Though these surgeries have many smaller technical differences, here are some of the most significant:

  • Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive discectomy is performed in an outpatient setting, requiring no hospital stay.^ A microdiscectomy may require a one- to three-night hospital stay to recover.
  • Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive discectomy is muscle-sparing, while many microdiscectomy procedures may include cutting or tearing of muscles to access the affected area.
  • Laser Spine Institute’s board-certified+ surgeons are skilled in accessing the disc in the most minimally invasive way possible, performing a laminotomy or foraminotomy in order to access the disc, while a microdiscectomy may require a laminectomy.
  • Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive discectomy is accompanied by a 0.55 percent infection rate, while a traditional microdiscectomy performed in a hospital is accompanied by an up to 16 percent infection rate.^

There are also severe cases of disc damage that require disc removal and stabilization. Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive stabilization procedures that are an alternative to traditional fusion procedures. If you are suffering from pain associated with chronic disc conditions, do not wait to find relief. Contact Laser Spine Institute today for more information regarding our safer and effective alternative^ to traditional open spine surgery.

We are pleased to offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.