Physicians Who Perform Discectomy
North American Spine partner physicians are board-certified, minimally invasive specialists in discectomy and other related procedures. They are among the best in the field, and many have served as teachers of the next generation of minimally invasive specialists.
Unlike at most practices, North American Spine partner physicians may collaborate on a complex procedure to ensure that all the required skill and knowledge is brought to the case. But perhaps the most telling fact of all is this: 97% of patients say they would recommend their doctor to a friend.
I had a bulging disc, sciatica, and annular tear damage. After my procedure, I'm back working at the fire station, playing golf, running, and doing anything and everything. PAIN FREE.
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Benefits of Discectomy
Discectomy, also known as microdiscectomy, often results in immediate, or very quick, relief of pain–including pain associated with sciatica–from a herniated disc. At North American Spine, discectomies are performed with small incisions, an inch or less in size, and minimal tissue damage or disruption.
Details of the Discectomy
Bulging, protruding, and herniated discs are caused by a weakness in the outer rim of the disc (annulus). The inner part of the disc (nucleus pulposus) then herniates or bulges out through the annulus and compresses a spinal nerve. This can result in severe back/neck pain, leg/arm pain, numbness, tingling or weakness.
After conservative measures have been attempted, a small incision, less than an inch long, is made in the back at the level being treated. A small tube is placed in between the muscle fibers to preserve muscles, tendons and ligaments. Through the small tube, specialized instruments and microscopes are used to create a small window in the bone. The nerves are gently moved to the side and the piece of disc material that is compressing the nerve is removed. The remaining majority of the disc is left intact.
While every surgery carries some risk, adverse complications are rare and most patients are able to go home the day of the surgery. Your physician will counsel you on these risks prior to the procedure.
Preparing for the Discectomy
Before pursuing a DND, prospective patients should have tried conservative methods, such as physical therapy, chiropractic, and spinal injections. If those methods have not produced meaningful relief, you may be a candidate for a North American Spine procedure.
The recovery period following this procedure is typically much shorter than the recovery period for open spine surgery. While any surgery requires time to heal, many patients report relief within the first few days and are able to return to light activities soon. More in-depth, customized recovery guidelines will be provided by your North American Spine physician.
To determine if you are a candidate for a discectomy, contact us anytime at 855.681.7480 or submit a form on this page.