Open microdiscectomy, an overview

Making the decision to undergo any type of procedure is never easy. At Laser Spine Institute we understand the amount of thought and consideration required to make a confident choice in treatment. That’s why we are dedicated to offering helpful information to assist our patients in making the best decision for them and their lifestyles.

What is an open microdiscectomy?

An open microdiscectomy is a surgical procedure that accesses the spine and removes disc material that is causing nerve compression. A microdiscectomy can be used to treat conditions such as a bulging disc or herniated disc if symptoms become debilitating and are not responding to conservative treatments. While this type of procedure is less invasive than a traditional open spine discectomy, the procedures share a number of commonalities.

Though performed using microscopic techniques that allow for a smaller incision, an open microdiscectomy is accompanied by similar cutting and tearing of muscle tissue and ligaments as the discectomy. This can lead to the following:

  • Overnight hospitalization
  • Risk of infection
  • Risk of complications like failed back surgery syndrome
  • The potential for a painful recovery period

Before seriously considering surgery to treat a disc condition, you should work with your doctor to make sure conservative options and lifestyle changes have been fully explored. Physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, over-the-counter medication along with posture improvement and weight management help many patients get back to a healthy active lifestyle without the need for surgery.

Laser Spine Institute’s alternative

If you and your doctor believe surgery is the best course of action for your condition, but you have concerns about the risks and difficulties associated with an open microdiscectomy or traditional discectomy, reach out to Laser Spine Institute. We perform a minimally invasive discectomy surgery on an outpatient basis that offers patients less risk of complication and a shorter recovery time^ compared to traditional open spine surgery.

If you are suffering from disc-related pain or symptoms, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn more about our minimally invasive discectomy today. We offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.