A discectomy is a surgical treatment for disc herniation in either the neck or back. It involves removing the part or whole or the disc that may be pressing the spinal cord or the nerve root. The surgery is done under magnification that involves very small incision or through small tubes.
Herniated or bulging discs.
During Procedure (Lumbar)
· Your will be lying face down
·Surgical site will be cleaned and draped
·Incision is made in the low back area.
·X-ray is used to determine the correct level of the surgery.
·The disc tissue that is compressing the nerve(s) is removed under magnification.
·For just a discectomy, it usually takes approximately 1-2 hours.
After the procedure · After the surgery, you will be in the recovery for some time and then will be shifted to your room. · You will be receiving medication intravenously including for pain. · If you are comfortable, you will be assisted out of bed the same day as the surgery. · A brace or corset may be prescribed. · Some exercises will be explained to you to do in bed.
In any spine procedure, recovery is dependent on a lot of factors. It is hugely dependent on the age and health of the individual.
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