Are you dealing with chronic back pain? Have you tried everything from chiropractic care to physical therapy, but nothing seems to help? If you’re considering a discectomy, here’s what you need to know.
What is discectomy?
A discectomy is a type of surgery used to treat a herniated disc. This condition occurs when the gel-like center of the spinal disc ruptures and puts pressure on the nerve root or spinal cord. The procedure can relieve this pressure and help improve the condition’s symptoms. Although this surgery carries some risks, it can effectively treat a herniated disc.
How is a discectomy performed?
A discectomy may be performed using an open or minimally invasive surgical approach. Both techniques involve making an incision in the back and removing the herniated disc material pressing on the nerve.
The surgeon will then close the incision with sutures or staples. In some cases, a small piece of bone may be removed to make more room for the nerve.
An open discectomy is a more traditional approach to this surgery. It involves making a large incision in the back so that the surgeon can directly access the herniated disc.
This approach allows the surgeon to carefully remove the herniated disc material and relieve pressure on the nerve. The downside of this approach is that it requires a large incision and a longer recovery time.
Minimally Invasive Discectomy
A minimally invasive discectomy is a newer surgical technique that uses smaller incisions and special instruments such as an endoscope/microscope to access the herniated disc.
This approach results in less tissue damage and a shorter recovery time. However, it may not be appropriate for all cases of disc herniation.
How long does it take to recover from discectomy?
Recovery after the surgery usually takes several weeks. Most people will experience some degree of pain and discomfort during this time. However, most people find that their symptoms gradually improve as they heal.
It is essential to follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully during your recovery. It will help ensure that your incision heals correctly and that you do not experience any complications.
Most people can return to normal activities within two to six weeks after surgery. However, it is important to avoid strenuous exercise or lifting heavy objects.
We’re the experts in discectomy surgery
The physicians at GNS Surgery Center are experts in performing this type of surgery and have helped countless patients feel better and get their lives back on track. If you’re suffering from chronic back pain due to a herniated disc, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our physicians to schedule a consultation today.