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Lumbar Disc Microsurgery Quick Facts

How It Works:

  • Our doctors make a small, 1-inch incision in your lower (lumbar) back
  • A “window” is created in the spinal bone (lamina) covering the spinal nerve canal
  • Our doctors place instruments through the window
  • Nerves are gently pushed aside
  • The herniated portion of the vertebral disc is removed
  • The rest of the disc is left in place and the small incision is closed up
  • Quick recovery = minimal pain and a return to normal activities within days

Typical Conditions:

  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated Disc
  • Bulging Disc
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Myelopathy

Minimally invasive and 98% effective at eliminating nerve-induced pain

Recovery Time*

6-8 weeks

* All recovery periods vary depending on the person or severity of the condition.

Is Lumbar Disc Microsurgery Right for Me?

Herniated or damaged discs in the in the lumbar part of the spine can cause numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain. Those symptoms may extend from the back into the legs, because of the herniated disc pinching or compressing one or more of your spinal nerves.

Sometimes a patient’s symptoms are so severe that regular activity is limited. You should consult with your doctor if your symptoms are not relieved with conservative treatments like pain medication, stretching, or physical therapy.

In a lumbar disc microsurgery, Dr. Q makes a tiny incision and uses a microscope or an endoscope to view the affected area. This allows him to see where your pinched nerve is, and removes the damaged part of the disc using minimally invasive surgical instruments.

Am I a Candidate for Lumbar Disc Microsurgery?

At Q Spine Institute, we only consider the lumbar disc microsurgery procedure if our patient’s symptoms are not relieved with other non-surgical treatments.

All surgery, no matter how minimally invasive, comes with risk. The benefit of a microsurgical procedure is that the surgery uses smaller incisions and techniques that are less invasive than a traditional open spinal surgery, which can sometimes require muscle scraping and larger incisions.

With a lumbar disc microsurgery there is minimal post-operative pain, and hospitalization time is shorter than many other procedures — in fact, we perform this kind of surgery on an outpatient basis at Q Spine Institute. Recovery from a lumbar disc microsurgery is usually speedy, and results of clinical studies report high patient satisfaction scores.

If you have questions about a lumbar disc microsurgery and want to consult with Q Spine Institute on your condition, make an appointment today! We look forward to helping you.

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