MI Discectomy

Discectomies are performed when the discs between the vertebrae (spinal bones) create pain and pressure on nerves in the back. The procedure is performed to correct a rupture or herniation of a disc between the vertebrae. When the disc is ruptured or herniated, a section of the disc begins to push out between the bones in the spine, often pressing against nerves or the spinal column. This in turn creates pain or weakness in the back, shoulders, arms, hands, legs and feet of patients.

Minimally invasive (MI) discectomy is a surgical technique that is designed to cause minimal trauma to a patient’s body and often results in shorter hospital stays and less pain. In ordinary open surgery, a discectomy involves a large cut to the skin and then the cutting away of muscle and ligaments from the patient’s bone to get to the spine. With minimally invasive discectomy, the incision is a fraction of the size, and special tubing, technique and instrumentation allow surgeons to access the spine without causing as much damage to the muscles and ligaments.

If you have experienced severe pain, weakness or numbness in the arms and or legs, your doctor may recommend discectomy. The surgery is performed to alleviate pressure on the nerves in or along the spinal column caused by bulging discs between vertebrae.

MI discectomies involve making a small incision, usually in the patient’s back. Narrow tubes are then inserted at the incision and through the muscles and tissues. The surgeon then uses special instruments to perform the surgery through the tubes, removing parts of the offending disc.

This procedure is usually performed as a day surgery or a one-night hospital stay. Discectomy might be recommended if other forms of treatment – such as physical therapy, heat treatments, medication and rest – fail to relieve the patient’s pain.

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