The Spine Center focuses on providing the most innovative, reliable, and safe treatment options for our Chicago area patients. This includes lumbar microdiscectomy, which is an advanced technique for removing all or part of a herniated disc in the lumbar spine.
WHY WOULD YOU NEED A DISCECTOMY?
This procedure is used to remove all or part of a herniated disc. Spinal discs are the body’s “shock absorbers,” allowing the back to be highly flexible, strong, and resilient. However, when damaged, discs can lead to pain as well as numbness and weakness in the back and legs. A herniated disc allows inner tissues to leak or protrude, causing pressure on the nerve as a result of the bulging disc. Often, the disc itself is not painful but the resulting nerve irritation or damage can be debilitating.
A herniated lumbar disc usually affects one side of the body, and may become more severe with movement. Symptoms are varied and may include:
- Mild to severe pain in the lower back or buttock area
- Leg pain and weakness
- Sciatica (nerve pain often radiating down the leg)
- In some cases, pain may affect the foot or ankle
- Feelings of tingling or numbness in the leg or foot
- Difficulty standing or lifting one’s leg
ABOUT THE PROCEDURE
This technique is often referred to as the gold standard treatment for removal of herniated lumbar disc tissue. It requires only a very small incision, and the ultra-precise method creates minimal disruption to surrounding tissue.
A microdiscectomy is an outpatient procedure, performed under anesthesia. Your surgeon will create a small incision, and gently move aside the muscles and nerve root. Only the damaged potion of the disc is removed. Most patients experience significant pain relief immediately following surgery. Nerve recovery is dependent on a variety of factors.
If you suffer from back pain, call The Spine Center at (847) 628-8147 to schedule a consultation.