By Healthtrip Team Blog Published on - 06 June - 2022

When Should You Opt for Microdiscectomy Surgery?


If you’re suffering from severe long-term leg pain, and even after taking lots of medicines, you're not getting results, then it’s time to consult an orthopedic surgeon and get your thorough checkup done. Your doctor may suggest lumbar microdiscectomy surgery to relieve your leg pain (sciatica). Here we’ve discussed the procedure in brief and the benefits that you will get if you do the same. Keep reading to learn more.

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What is lumber microdiscectomy or microdecompression surgery?

Minimally invasive lumbar microdecompression (MLIM) surgery is used to treat spinal stenosis and herniated discs. During the treatment, bone spurs, thickened ligament tissue, and herniated disc material, i.e., putting pressure on the spinal nerves, are removed through a small incision with an 18mm tube (the diameter of a dime). MILM is a less invasive alternative to a typical "open" laminectomy.

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What are the benefits of microdecompression surgery?

  • Scar tissue production is minimized due to the small incisions.
  • Damage to neighboring muscles and soft tissues is reduced.
  • Reduced blood loss
  • reduced discomfort and the need for pain medication.
  • Faster recuperation and return to usual activities
  • Reduced hospital stays
  • The postoperative infection risk is reduced.

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How is the surgery performed?

  • The back muscles (erector spinae) are pulled from each vertebra's bony arch.
  • Because back muscles run vertically, they can be shifted out of the way rather than cut.
  • Your surgeon will be able to penetrate the spine by removing the membrane covering the nerve root.
  • The ligamentum flavum is the name given to this membrane. To gain access to the nerve root, a tiny part of the inner facet is removed. This will also help to reduce the strain on the nerve roots.
  • The nerve root is gently shifted to the side. The herniated disc debris, which is trapped under the nerve root, is carefully removed.
  • The healthy part is left alone.
  • The strain on the nerve root has now been relieved, and it has adequate space to heal.

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What follows-

Your surgeon will keep you under close monitoring after the procedure. They will keep track of your blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate, and overall wellness on a chart.

Once you are awake in the hospital bed, your surgeon will advise you to begin with moderate movements. Our personnel will accompany you after you are discharged from the hospital. You must follow the home care recommendations and take the prescribed medications on schedule.

Our team will be there for you at your follow-up appointments.

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Who needs microdecompression surgery?

  • patient who is suffering from acute leg pain or discomfort.
  • Legs and feet numbness or weakness
  • lost bowel and bladder control.
  • If tests reveal a herniated disc, medication and physical therapy won't help in such a scenario.
  • Sensation loss in the genital area

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Will the pain be relieved immediately following surgery?

The nerve root may take several months or weeks to fully recover and regrow. However, the patient may experience instant relief following the lumbar discectomy surgery.

Home care instructions you need to follow for microdecompression surgery:

  • There shouldn’t be physically demanding activities, such as yard labor or heavy housekeeping.
  • Driving should be avoided for the first couple of days, as well as when using pain medicines or muscle relaxants. If your pain is under control, you can drive.
  • Do not consume alcoholic beverages. It thins the blood and increases your risk of bleeding. Also, do not mix alcohol with pain medicines.
  • It is not a good idea to bend or twist your back during your recovery period.

How can we help with the treatment?

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