What Is Microdiscectomy?
Microdiscectomy, or microdecompression surgery, is minimally invasive surgery to relieve pressure on the spinal nerve caused by a herniated or a ruptured disc. The procedure offers smaller incisions, less tissue damage, less scarring and pain, and faster healing than traditional approaches. This surgery can help reduce irritation and pain caused by herniated or ruptured disc.
Your spine surgeon will remove areas of the ruptured disc pressing on the nerve tissue. In some cases, your surgeon may need to remove the entire disc and perform a spinal fusion, or laminectomy.
Recovering from Microdiscectomy Surgery
Microdiscectomy recovery can take up to six weeks, depending on your condition. If you work in an office, you may be able to return to work after two to four weeks. If your job requires heavy lifting or using heavy machinery, you may need to wait six to eight weeks. If a spinal fusion is required, it may take up to six months or a year for the bones to heal, although you may be able to resume most daily activities. Your doctor will give you instructions for recovering at home. You may have rehabilitation, such as physical therapy during your recovery.