Patients suffering from a bulging or herniated disc may experience chronic pain due to impinged or pinched nerves within the spinal column. Often, these patients are recommended a discectomy to remove the disc causing the pain. However, an alternative to a discectomy is a microdiscectomy.

Microdiscectomy is a procedure in which the surgeon approaches the surgery using a microscope, entering through a small incision. Though this procedure is still invasive, it is much less invasive than is open counterpart. During the microdiscectomy, the surgeon will remove the disc material pinching or impinging the never, ultimately removing the source of the patient’s chronic pain. This procedure is often a successful means to alleviate neck or back pain without requiring an open discectomy. This surgery because of its less invasive nature, generally requires less recovery and hospitalization than an open discectomy.

The main causes of neck and back pain

During the aging process, the anatomy of our spine tends to deteriorate. This deterioration is often the main cause of neck and back pain, and leads to a number of spinal conditions including arthritis, bulging or herniated discs and spinal stenosis. These conditions then lead to the compression of nerves, causing patients increased pain, numbness and tingling.

Minimally invasive approach

Though a microdiscectomy is a less invasive option, patients still risk having their muscles cut into as the surgeon accesses the spinal column, resulting in a painful recovery. Laser Spine Institute offers a discectomy, which is similar to the microdiscectomy, but a minimally invasive alternative. During the discectomy, the surgeon utilizes an incision that is less than 1-inch in length. The surgeon will then gently spread apart the muscles, using a series of dilating tubes to access the spinal column.

To see if you are a candidate for a discectomy, contact Laser Spine Institute today.