Lumbar Discectomy

Relieving Back Pain through Lumbar Discectomy

What it lumbar discectomy?

Lumbar discectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of a portion of a herniated disc in the lower back that is pressing on the spinal cord or nerve roots. It is a surgical procedure that can be performed using several techniques, including microdiscectomy, endoscopic discectomy, and open discectomy.

How long does the procedure usually take?

The procedure typically takes between one to two hours, depending on the severity of the herniated disc and the technique used.

When is lumbar discectomy recommended?

lumbar discectomy is typically recommended for patients who have not found relief from nonsurgical treatments such as physical therapy, medications, or epidural steroid injections.

What happens during the procedure?

During the procedure, the surgeon makes a small incision in the lower back and removes a portion of the herniated disc that is putting pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots. The goal of the procedure is to relieve pressure and improve the function of the affected nerves.

What do you need to do before the procedure?

Before the surgery, the patient will undergo a series of tests to assess their overall health, including blood tests, imaging tests, and an electrocardiogram. The patient will also be asked to stop taking certain medications, such as blood thinners, in the days leading up to the procedure.

What should you do after the surgery?

It is important to follow the surgeon’s instructions carefully after the procedure. This may include physical therapy, wearing a brace, and avoiding certain activities for a period of time.

What are the post-procedural recommendations?

After the procedure, the patient will be closely monitored in the hospital for a few days. They will be given pain medication and may need to wear a brace to support their back. The patient will also be given instructions on how to care for the incision site and when to resume normal activities.

What are the possible complications, and how likely are they to occur?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with lumbar discectomy, including infection, bleeding, nerve damage, and spinal fluid leakage. However, the risks are relatively low, with complications occurring in less than 5% of cases.

How long will you need to stay in the hospital?

Most patients are able to go home from the hospital within a day of the procedure, depending on their overall health and the extent of the surgery.

How long will it take to fully recover?

Recovery time varies depending on the extent of the surgery and the patient’s overall health. In general, most patients are able to return to normal activities within six to twelve weeks after the procedure.

In conclusion, lumbar discectomy is an effective surgical option for patients suffering from a herniated disc in the lower back that has not responded to nonsurgical treatments. While there are risks associated with the procedure, the benefits can be life-changing for those who have experienced chronic pain and limited mobility due to a herniated disc. If you are considering this procedure, it is important to discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor to determine if it is the right option for you.

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