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Lumbar microdiscectomy

Lumbar microsurgery is used to treat pinched or compressed nerves, which may be the result of herniated discs, lumbar spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis (a forwardly displaced disc). These conditions can cause severe pain, weakness and numbness in the lower back and legs.

Traditionally a laminectomy has been the most effective surgical option to decompress lumbar nerves, but this involves removing muscle and tissue that help to stabilise your spine. Lumbar microsurgery is much less invasive because your surgeon will use a microscope to enable a smaller incision and a clear view of the nerve without disrupting supporting spinal ligaments, bones or muscles.

Treatment

Your operation will normally take about an hour and you can expect a relatively quick recovery time. You may experience some pain and limited instances of spasms after the procedure, and this is normal.

References:

EIDO Healthcare Limited - The operation and treatment information on this website is produced using information from EIDO Healthcare Ltd and is licensed by Aspen Healthcare. 

The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.

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