How Does MIS Microdiscectomy Work?
A minimally invasive discectomy is relatively straightforward. The surgeon will make a small incision in the skin of the back, where the imagine device will be inserted in order to guide the procedure. Certain back muscles running vertically down the spine are moved to the side or retracted using a retractor, they do not have to be cut through. The surgeon will then be able to access the spine beneath a thin membrane layer, and locate the vertebra, and the site of the herniated disc. The bone tissue that is causing the nerve impingement, as well as the damaged disc is then removed. Once the issue is resolved, the surgeon will close the incision.
The procedure is fairly non-invasive and requires little to no downtime, therefore patients can usually go home immediately after. However, some may need to spend a night or so in the hospital for monitoring. Generally, patients will also be able to resume their normal activities within 1-4 weeks of the procedure, depending on their body and the level of correction needed.
If you are suffering from nerve root compression resulting in pain in your arms, legs, or back, contact Dr. Vikas Varma, and schedule your appointment for treatment today.