Some symptoms may include weakness, pain, or tingling in the back or in the legs. A lumbar discectomy can’t be used to treat all cases of back pain. And not everyone with a damaged disc needs a lumbar discectomy. Your physician may recommend surgery if you’ve tried other treatments, such as physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medicines, but are still experiencing severe symptoms.
This minimally-invasive procedure is designed to relieve pain caused by herniated discs pressing on nerve roots. This surgery is performed through a small tubular device under local or epidural anesthesia, allowing the patient to leave the hospital the same day.
This minimally-invasive procedure, performed through a tube called a cannula, is designed to relieve the pain caused by herniated disc tissue pressing against nerve roots in the spine. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and the patient is allowed to leave the hospital the same day.
What will I experience during recovery?
This surgery is usually an outpatient procedure, meaning the patient can go home the same day as the procedure. Your surgeon will give you instructions about how you can and can’t use your back following surgery. You might need to limit lifting or bending. Your provider might have you wear a back brace for a limited time after the procedure. You might also be prescribed physical therapy to strengthen your back.
There can be some pain after surgery. Your surgeon might prescribe pain medications to deal with post-surgical discomfort. However, you should experience full relief from the original pain after the first couple of days after surgery.
Risks and complications
All surgery has risks. The risks to every individual may vary depending on your age and general health. Talk with your surgeon about the risks that most apply to you. However, your physician, nurses, and surgical team take every precaution to minimize risks to your health. Some risks for this procedure include:
- Bleeding/Blood clots
- Nerve Injury
- Reaction to medications used in surgery
- Only temporary relief which might lead to another surgery
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