Minimally invasive microdiscectomy

Minimally invasive microdiscectomy is a procedure used to treat degenerative disc diseases in the spine, such as a herniated disc or bulging disc. The purpose of the procedure is to remove a slight portion of the damaged disc to release pressure on a pinched nerve root and ease the symptoms associated with the spine condition.

For many patients, degenerative disc diseases occur naturally as the spine gradually degenerates over time. As the weight of the body and repetitive motions press into the discs in between the vertebrae, the discs begin to be compressed and may damage slightly. If one disc is particularly pinched, it could flatten under the pressure of the vertebrae and expand outward, causing the tough outer layer of the disc to break open and leak inner disc fluid into the spinal canal. This is called a herniated disc.

If you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc and your symptoms have not responded to any conservative treatments, it may be time to consider spine surgery. A minimally invasive microdiscectomy at Laser Spine Institute has a higher patient satisfaction score and lower risk than traditional open back discectomy surgery. Consider your treatment options before moving forward with spine surgery.

What to expect during a minimally invasive microdiscectomy

A minimally invasive microdiscectomy is a safer and effective approach to treating damaged discs in the spine than traditional open back discectomy.

In the past, a traditional discectomy was the only surgical option to treat a herniated disc. The procedure involves removing a portion of the disc through a large incision, which leads to substantial muscle and tissue damage, a long hospital stay, and a lengthy recovery time. Additionally, the large, muscle-tearing incision increases the risk of excessive blood loss, infection and scar tissue that creates postoperative complications.

Patients now have access to a much safer alternative treatment for a damaged disc in the spine. Minimally invasive surgery options, such as microdiscectomy, drastically reduce the risks involved with traditional surgery because the procedures are performed through a small incision that does not affect the surrounding muscles. During the minimally invasive microdiscectomy procedure, the surgeon will reach through the small incision in the back and remove a minimal portion of the damaged disc — just enough to relieve pressure on the nerve root without impacting the stability of the spine. Compared to a full discectomy and spinal fusion, this method shortens recovery time* and minimizes scarring.

If you’ve been experiencing debilitating and painful symptoms of a herniated disc and have tried conventional treatments, you may be a candidate for a minimally invasive microdiscectomy. The experienced surgeons at Laser Spine Institute have helped more than 75,000 patients find pain relief from chronic neck or back pain. Contact Laser Spine Institute for your MRI review to determine if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.