Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy

What is a Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy?

Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy: surgery via small incision to remove portion of ruptured disc pressing on a nerve.

Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy is a surgical procedure on the lumbar spine performed with the help of a surgical microscope and microsurgical techniques. This surgery requires only a very small incision, and it removes only the portion of the ruptured disc which pinches the spinal nerve roots.

Who needs Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy?

Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy is recommended for patients who have leg pain that limits normal daily activities, weakness or numbness in legs or feet, and impaired bowel or bladder function. This surgery is suggested when the above symptoms are caused by pressure on the spinal cord, spinal nerves or nerve roots. The pressure may be caused by the intervertebral disc or bone materials.

What happens after Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy surgery?

After the surgery, the patient is moved to the recovery room where he or she stays for a few hours. This surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. The patient does not have to stay in the hospital overnight. He or she is discharged from the hospital on the same day.

The recovery time for Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy is usually much less than required for traditional lumbar surgeries.

This material is intended to give the patient an overview of surgical procedures and treatments and is not intended to replace the advice and guidance of a physician. Always consult with your doctor about the particular risks and benefits of your treatment.

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Please call our office at 816-363-2500 to make an appointment. All imaging studies should be brought with you.