Microdiscectomy at Virginia Neurosurgeons

The microdiscectomy technique addresses disc herniations, using a smaller incision, specialized instruments and retractors to minimize the exposure, and a microscope for enhanced precision. This intervention involves removing a portion of the herniated disc that may be pressing on spinal nerves to alleviate pain and neurological symptoms.

The Benefits of Microdiscectomy

This technique offers several advantages, including:

Smaller Incisions:

Microdiscectomy requires smaller incisions, resulting in less tissue damage and scarring.

Faster Recovery:

Due to reduced tissue trauma, patients typically experience a quicker recovery compared to traditional open surgeries.

Less Blood Loss:

The minimally invasive nature of microdiscectomy contributes to decreased blood loss during the procedure.

Reduced Risk of Infection:

Smaller incisions reduce the risk of infection and complications associated with larger wounds.

Preservation of Spinal Stability:

Microdiscectomy aims to preserve spinal stability by minimizing tissue disruption, reducing the risk of needing an extensive spinal fusion procedure in the future.

Improved Pain Relief:

Microdiscectomy effectively relieves radicular pain (pinched nerve roots) and associated symptoms by precisely targeting the problematic disc.

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Why Choose Virginia Neurosurgeons?

Virginia Neurosurgeons was established in Arlington in 2001 and stands out as the largest independent neurosurgical group in Northern Virginia. We offer academic-level care with a focus on spinal neurosurgery. We have made a difference in the lives of over 30,000 patients, and our board-certified surgeons bring extensive training from prestigious institutions to provide evidence-based treatments that take the whole picture into account. Our commitment to ethical, compassionate care ensures that patients receive expert guidance and tailored solutions, whether surgical or non-operative, to improve mobility and enhance their enjoyment of life. By choosing Virginia Neurosurgeons, you will benefit from a dedicated team that prioritizes open communication, ethical practices, and state-of-the-art surgical interventions.

What to Expect During a Microdiscectomy 

The microdiscectomy process begins with a thorough examination and detailed imaging studies to precisely diagnose the location and extent of disc herniation. In many cases, a microdiscectomy can be performed as an outpatient procedure, allowing you to return home the same day. The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia to ensure the patient is asleep and comfortable and takes around 1 to 2 hours. 

A microdiscectomy typically involves the following steps:

Small Incision:

A small incision is made over the affected spine area.

Microscopic Visualization:

A specialized microscope enhances the surgeon's view and precision during the operation.

Herniated Disc Removal:

The surgeon carefully removes the herniated or damaged portion of the disc, relieving pressure on the compressed nerve roots.

Closure of Incision:

The incision is closed, and a sterile dressing is applied.

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Postoperative Care and Recovery

Patients can expect to spend a few hours in a recovery area before discharge. Following the surgery, there might be some discomfort or mild pain at the incision site, but this is generally manageable with prescribed pain medications. Patients are advised to gradually resume light activities and walking, avoiding strenuous activities for the initial weeks. Physical therapy may be recommended to help restore strength and flexibility. It's important to follow the surgeon's postoperative instructions, attend follow-up appointments, and adhere to any rehabilitation plan. Most individuals experience relief from pain relatively soon after the surgery, with the majority of recovery occurring in the first few weeks.

Find out if a Microdiscectomy Can Help You 

Don't let pain or neurologic symptoms limit your life. Please schedule a consultation at Virginia Neurosurgeons today to explore personalized solutions and take the first step towards a pain-free, more active lifestyle. 

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