A minimally invasive cervical discectomy is the removal of the portion of the disc that has herniated, causing compression on the nerve. The surgery usually only requires an incision less than half an inch long. Several celebrities have gone through this kind of procedure including actress Charlize Theron. Theron fell on the set of the 2005 flick “Aeon Flux” and had a microdiscectomy in 2013. Read more about her experience here.
An incision less than half an inch long is made.
Muscles are dilated and spread—not cut—to give the surgeon access to the spine.
The surgeon cuts a small opening through the lamina bone on the back of the spinal column to locate the affected disc.
Parts of the herniated disc are removed.
Muscles are returned to their normal position.
A band-aid covers the small incision on the back.
Your doctor may recommend laminectomy when you have spinal cord compression with symptoms of myelopathy or spinal stenosis. Myelopathy is impaired function of the spinal cord. Symptoms include weakness, pain, numbness, clumsiness, poor balance, difficulty walking, and stiffness in the extremities. The goal of laminectomy is to relieve spinal pressure to stop myelopathy progression and allow healing.
Northshore spine surgeon, Dr. Samer Shamieh, compares the discs in the spine to a jelly doughnut. If the disc gets squeezed, it can cause pressure on the nerve roots surrounding it and cause numbness or weakness in the area around it.
CONDITIONS TREATED BY MICRODISCECTOMY
- Herniated disc
- Bulging disc
- Smaller incisions
- Faster, non-complicated healing
- Less blood loss
- Less pain
- Quicker rehabilitation
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR MINIMALLY INVASIVE TECHNIQUES
DISC of Louisiana offers spinal procedures using minimally invasive techniques. It means smaller incisions, sometimes less than an inch, that is often covered with a band-aid. The minimally invasive spine surgeon inserts special surgical instruments through the tiny incisions to access the damaged disc. Unlike traditional “open” spine surgery, entry and repair to the damaged disc or vertebrae is achieved without harming nearby muscles and tissues. Less muscle and tissue damage results in less pain and a faster recovery. Click here to learn more.
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