Lumbar Discectomy – Open/Mis
Lumbar discectomy is a spinal surgery that is performed to treat a condition called a herniated disc or ruptured disc. The spine is made of bones called vertebrae and discs are situated in between them, acting as cushions. When the outer wall of the disc is damaged due to fracture or aging, the softer part that is the nucleus comes out through the torn part affecting the nerves and other discs, which causes pain. Through this surgery, the herniated part of the disc is removed.
Pain in the arm or leg: - Your buttocks, thigh, and calf will be the most painful areas if your ruptured disc is in your lower back. You may also experience discomfort in a portion of your foot. Tingling or numbness: - Radiating numbness or tingling in the body portion serviced by the damaged nerves is common in people who have a herniated disc. Weakness: - The muscles serviced by the afflicted nerves deteriorate with time. This may cause you to stumble or impair your ability to perform.
An orthopedic surgeon removes a portion of the injured disc during a minimally invasive lumbar discectomy. In this procedure, a tiny tube is inserted through the skin on your back, between the vertebrae, and into the space with the herniated disc. They next use microscopic instruments to extract a piece of the disc through the tube. Open discectomy is normally done under general anesthesia and needs a one-day stay in the hospital. The surgeon will make a one-inch incision in the skin over the afflicted portion of the spine during the treatment. Retractors hold the muscle and skin away from the surgical site so the surgeon can see the vertebrae and disc. Then the disc section that protrudes from the disc wall is removed.
Open lumbar discectomy requires one to stay in the hospital, unlike mis lumbar discectomy, where the patient is discharged on the same day.