Microdiscectomy

A microdiscectomy is a surgical procedure that is often used to remove herniated disc material or other damaged portions of the spine, which can cause back or leg pain called sciatica. The procedure, sometimes called lumbar microdiscectomy surgery, can provide nearly immediate relief from pain caused by a herniated disc.

What does microdiscectomy involve?

Microdiscectomy surgery involves a special microscope that is used to look at your spinal discs and nerves surrounding the area. This allows your doctor to use a smaller incision in the back during the surgery, which causes less tissue damage and speeds up recovery time. During the procedure, your surgeon will insert a special tool through the small opening in your back, going around the muscles to reach the spinal cord. Then, your surgeon will remove the damaged spinal disc material, relieving pressure on nearby nerves. Lastly, the muscles are moved back into place and your incision is repaired.

What does microdiscectomy recovery involve?

After surgery, patients usually remain in the hospital for a few hours before they are released to go home. Your physician will work closely with you and your family to create a personalized recovery plan that is unique to your needs. Your recovery may include one or more of the following:

  • Rest
  • Physical therapy
  • Pain medication
  • Exercise therapy

What are the benefits of undergoing microdiscectomy?

The benefits of visiting MedStar Orthopaedic Institute for microdiscectomy surgery include:

  • Back pain relief
  • Leg pain relief

 

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute is proud to offer microdiscectomy surgery. Our experienced spine surgeons offer you the comprehensive care you need to return to your pain-free life. Our spine surgeons are fellowship-trained in spinal surgery and specialize exclusively in caring for neck and back conditions.

 

If you believe you may need microdiscectomy surgery, call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our doctors have years of experience treating a wide range of neck and back conditions and are pleased to offer comprehensive spine care in the Washington, D.C. area.

Our Specialists

Neck & Spine

Joseph L. Ferguson, MD

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
Seyed Babak Kalantar, MD

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean
Fred Fei Mo, MD
Fred Fei Mo, MD
Spine Surgery

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean
Alan G. Schreiber, MD

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lorton
Oliver O. Tannous, MD

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Mitchellville
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
James Edward Tozzi, MD

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Sam W. Wiesel, MD
Sam W. Wiesel, MD
Spine Surgery

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Locations

3800 Reservoir Road Northwest Washington, DC, 20007
Phone: 202-444-8766
106 Irving Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20010
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