Lumbar Micro-Endoscopic discectomy can be defined as a minimal invasive procedure performed through a tubular device and designed to relieve pain caused by herniated discs pressing on nerve roots.
Lumbar discectomy is done to remove a degenerative or ruptured disc in the lower spine.
The incision is then made posterior, through the back muscles, to remove the disc pressing on the nerve. Discectomy can be recommended if the physical therapy or medication fails to provide relief in the leg pain or back pain or if you have signs of nerve damage, such as fatigue or loss of feeling of motion in your legs.
The surgery is performed in an open or minimally invasive technique.
How is Microscopic spine surgery performed
Open discectomy is considered the most common type of surgical treatment for ruptured or herniated discs of the lumbar spine. When the exterior wall of a disc, the annulus fibrosus, becomes weak, it may tear apart, enabling the inner part of the disc, the nucleus pulposus, to push its way out. This is commonly called disc herniation or a slipped or bulging disc. Once the inner disc material is pushed out past the boundary of the outer disc wall, it can press against the spine's sensitive nerve tissues. The disc material can even compress or rupture the nerve tissue, and this can cause a sense of weakness, chronic pain in the back area, and either into one or both the legs. Microscopic spine surgery is a procedure that removes a part of the damaged disc to ease any pressure on the nerves and alleviate the pain. The surgical procedure involves a small incision into the skin over the spine, getting rid of some ligament, and some of the bone material to access the disc.
Why choose Lumbar Micro-Endoscopic Discectomy
Microscopic surgery of the spine is exceptionally beneficial for the following reasons:
- 90% success rate
- High Definition cameras are used to provide the surgeon with a better-unobstructed view of the damage
- Spinal fusion is not necessary
- Minimal incision size of just 1/4 inch dramatically reduces the risk of scarring on the skin
- Spinal mobility is fully preserved because there is less tearing of the muscle tissue
- A large amount of blood loss is minimized
- No need for general anesthesia
- Less recovery time
- Less pain during recovery means less dependence on narcotic pain medication
- One can resume normal activities sooner
When to opt for Lumbar Discectomy Surgery
Microscopic surgery of the spine can be recommended when the physical therapy or the medication fails to provide relief to the leg or back pain or if you have any visible signs of nerve damage, such as weakness or loss of sensation in your legs. The surgery can be performed either in an open or minimally invasive technique. Patients who experience neck and back problems are given a rapid review of their medical condition within a few days, not weeks. Nearly 80 percent of the spine patients recover with nonsurgical treatment. But when physical therapy, medications, and spinal injections fail to provide any relief, patients are helped with surgery.
- People who experience leg pain (Sciatica) benefit more from surgery than those with back pain.
- People with less severe pain do well with nonsurgical treatment.
- People with moderate to severe pain who had operation notice a significant improvement than those who did not undergo surgery.
Physical therapy may be necessary for some people. However, the recovery time varies from 1 to 4 weeks depending on the underlying disease treated and the general health condition. One might experience pain at the site of the incision. The pain may not wholly subside immediately after surgery. However, most people can return to work in 2 to 4 weeks or less with jobs that are not physically challenging. Others may need to rest for at least 8 to 12 weeks before returning to work for jobs that require heavy lifting or operating heavy machinery. Recurrences of slight back pain are quite frequent. The only way to avoid recurrence is prevention:
- Proper lifting techniques
- Good posture while sitting, standing, moving, and sleeping
- Appropriate physical exercise
- An ergonomic work environment
- Healthy weight maintenance and lean body mass
- No smoking
Get Best Lumbar Micro-Endoscopic Discectomy treatment in Udaipur.
Shriram Spine Hospital has been instrumental in providing microscopic spine surgery in Udaipur.
Lumbar discectomy surgery has been performed and improved over the past 60 years.
With time, the surgical procedure has been refined, and improvised diagnostic tools—such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computerized Tomography (CT) scans—have helped the physicians to gather a better understanding of which patients will have the best results from the surgery.
Shriram Spine Hospital has helped a large number of patients in living a healthy, pain-free life. With microscopic spine surgery in Udaipur, Shriram Spine Hospital has aided in providing relief to many people.
Frequently Asked Questions
What diseases of the spine can be treated with endoscopic surgery?
Diseases such as Herniated disc, Spinal stenosis, Central and Oblique Stenosis, Discogenic Pain, is treated with Endoscopic surgery.
Do I need to wear a back brace after the surgery?
It is usually not necessary in this operation. Occasionally it may be required depending on the circumstances and the patient for slightly better lumbar support during the immediate postoperative phase.
How should I treat the surgical trauma post-operation?
Most patients need no special care other than to keep the surgical trauma clean by covering it with a small sterilized pad to prevent friction and irritation caused by the clothes.
When can I drive again?
The patient can safely drive only when the postoperative pain has entirely subsided, which is usually 2 weeks after surgery. The patient is not allowed to drive under the influence of opioid analgesics. However, it is not advisable to make long trips for up to 2 months.