Minimally invasive microdiscectomy
Minimally invasive microdiscectomy is a procedure used to treat degenerative disc conditions in the spine, such as a herniated 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 and ease the symptoms associated with the spine condition.
Degenerative disc conditions occur naturally as the spine gradually degenerates over time. Loss of water and protein content can make the discs less elastic and able to support the spinal column. If a disc is particularly deteriorated, it could flatten under the pressure of the vertebrae and expand outward, causing the tough outer layer of the disc to break open and push inner disc material into the spinal canal. This is called a herniated disc.
If you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc or other condition and your symptoms have not responded to any conservative treatments, spine surgery can become an option. Similar to a minimally invasive microdiscectomy, which uses a surgical microscope to help a surgeon see a disc, minimally invasive discectomy at Laser Spine Institute uses direct visualization equipment and other muscle-sparing techniques. This allows our board-certified surgeons+ to perform these procedures on an outpatient basis.
What to expect during a minimally invasive microdiscectomy
In the past, open spine procedures such as traditional discectomy were the only surgical option for conditions like a herniated disc. The procedure involves removing all or part of a damaged disc through a large incision. This can lead to substantial muscle and tissue disruption, a long hospital stay and a lengthy recovery time. Additionally, the large, muscle-tearing incision carries risk of complications like excessive blood loss, infection and scar tissue formation.
Advances in technology and surgical technique have allowed for the development of less invasive techniques such as microdiscectomy, which can be performed either as a traditional procedure or a minimally invasive procedure. Minimally invasive surgery options, such as microdiscectomy, can reduce the risks involved with traditional open spine surgery because the procedures are performed through a smaller incision that causes less disruption of surrounding muscles.
Reach out to Laser Spine Institute
Minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute is an alternative to traditional open spine procedures, including discectomy. Our minimally invasive discectomy uses a less than 1-inch incision and other muscle-sparing techniques to access the spine, which helps our patients experience a shorter recovery time with less risk of complication.^
If you’ve been experiencing debilitating and painful symptoms of a herniated disc and have tried conservative treatments without finding relief, you may be a candidate for a minimally invasive discectomy. 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 to learn more.
Our dedicated team can help you receive your free MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.