Lumbar Microdiscectomy - Frisco, TX
The surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide surgical treatment for a wide range of spine conditions. They specialize in performing Lumbar Microdiscectomy to help patients find relief from the symptoms of Herniated Disc and improve the functionality of the spine.

Lumbar Microdiscectomy In Frisco

Lumbar Microdiscectomy, also referred to as microdecompression, is a surgical procedure performed to treat a Herniated Disc in the lumbar spine. It aims to relieve the pressure on the spinal nerves caused due to the impingement by a bony growth or intervertebral disc. It is a minimally invasive surgery that involves removing a small piece of the bone or disc, leaving the surrounding ligaments, tendons and muscles intact.

Who Is A Candidate For Lumbar Microdiscectomy?

The spine surgeon may recommend Lumbar Microdiscectomy for patients who:

  • Have been diagnosed with Radiculopathy or Sciatica
  • Have a Herniated Disc
  • Have been suffering from severe leg pain in spite of non-surgical treatment
  • Are experiencing severe pain and discomfort that interferes with the abilityy to perform daily tasks

Lumbar Microdiscectomy: The Procedure

The surgery may last for 1-2 hours and is performed by making the patient lie on his/her stomach. It may involve the following steps:
  • General anesthesia may be administered followed by making a small incision (1-1.5 inches) along the midline of the lumbar spine.
  • The erector spinae or the back muscles are pushed aside using a retractor.
  • The surgeon removes the thin membrane (ligamentum flavum) to view the nerve roots.
  • The part of the facet joint that is impinging upon the nerve root is identified and removed
  • In some cases, an incision needs to be made in the bony lamina to penetrate the point of compression
  • The nerve root may be moved to one side and any debris or damaged parts of the disc may be extracted
  • Once the procedure is complete, the erector spinae are moved back to their position and the incision is closed
  • Sutures may be used to secure the point of incision

Recovery from Lumbar Microdiscectomy

The patient may be required to stay at the hospital for a few hours or overnight post-surgery. Anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to provide relief from pain and discomfort. Certain exercises may be recommended to stretch and strengthen the back muscles. It is advisable not to lift weights or bend too much for a few weeks after the surgery.   

For more information about Lumbar Microdiscectomy, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the spine surgeons, you can call at (214) 618 - 5502.