Lumbar microdiscectomy is a complex name for a fairly common neurological procedure – slipped or herniated disc repair. Nearly 300,000 of these operations are performed in the United States each year, with a surprisingly high success rate – over 84%! 

Are you dealing with chronic pain and pressure associated with disc degeneration or a slipped or herniated disc? If so, you should act quickly, as these symptoms will only worsen with time.

Read on to learn how you might benefit from this minimally-invasive surgical procedure.

What Is Lumbar Microdiscectomy?

The lumbar spine consists of five vertebrae in the lower back. And, the term microdiscectomy refers to the actual procedure being performed. Surgeons remove a small window of bone to access and remove the disc material that is pressing on the patient’s spinal nerve.

In most cases, doctors use a minimally-invasive technique that requires only a small incision. Then, a microscope or magnifying loupe is used to clearly view the area, as well as the super small tools used during the procedure.

The Benefits of a Microdiscectomy

Once the herniated part of the disc is removed, most patients feel relief from symptoms like pain, pressure, numbness, and tingling. Improved strength and mobility can also be expected, as well as a return to normal everyday functions like sitting, standing, and walking.

Failure to address this issue with a minor operation like lumbar microdiscectomy can lead to more serious issues later on. Further disc degeneration can lead to severe pain and symptoms like sciatica. And, if left untreated for long enough, a herneated disc might necessitate more serious surgery. 

What To Expect From Surgery

Prior to your operation, you’ll meet with your surgeon to discuss what to expect. During this consultation, you’ll find out exactly how your procedure will be performed, what kind of anesthesia will be used, and how long recovery will take.

After your procedure, you’ll need to take some time off from work and other everyday activities for recovery. You may be prescribed prescription pain medication. And, you’ll probably have to wear a brace.

Once initial recovery is complete, physical and occupational therapy can help to get you back on track. 

Most patients return to their normal day to day schedule in around two weeks. But, this varies from person to person.

For the fastest recovery possible, follow your doctors orders and avoid unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking alcohol. You’ll also want to get plenty of rest, eat well, and use over-the-counter pain medication and holistic remedies like ice packs to reduce your reliance on opiate based medicine.  

Schedule Your Slipped or Herniated Disc Repair Now

Now that you know a bit more about lumbar microdiscectomy and how it can help you, it’s time to get the process started. Waiting will only allow your disc to degenerate further!

Contact the experts at Howell Allen today. Our team of physicians, neurosurgeons, and office staff is standing by and happy to help with whatever you might need!