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Microdiskectomy (Microscopic Diskectomy) procedures use a very small incision and an advanced operating microscope to treat spinal disease. Often, only a small incision is required since the microscope enhances visualization. An opening in the spine is performed through the back and is called a laminectomy. The disk herniation is removed freeing the nerve. The disk is still preserved and continues to function after recovery.
The priniciples behind Microdiskectomy are to prevent muscle disruption and preserve stability of the spine. Microscopic Diskectomy helps preserve the posterior tension band of the spine that may be needed to prevent kyphosis or abnormal curvature of the spine. Other advantages are decrease blood loss during the operation, decreased post operative pain, decreased infection rate, and decreased complications due to CSF leak.
The goal of Microdiskectomy is to preserve neurologic function, and give the best chance for pain reduction and neural recovery. Microdiskectomy surgery is usually very well tolerated. Most patients are up walking shortly after the surgery and go home the next morning. Long term outcome from surgery is generally excellent with very high satisfaction rates.
Whatever the neurosurgical approach, we have the latest techniques available to us for your benefit. Minimizing surgery and maximizing outcome is our goal.