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Spinal Discectomy Surgery

Mending Discs and Easing Pain

Each vertebra in your spine is separated from adjacent vertebrae by discs that absorb shock and facilitate spinal movement. When one of these discs becomes damaged, chronic back pain may occur as a result. Spinal disc pain may commonly be attributed to injury or degenerative diseases associated with aging. When discs slip or become herniated, fluid may leak from them and press on the spinal column nerves. Herniated discs typically occur in the lumbar spine (located in the lower back) or in the cervical spine (located near the upper back and neck). If you suffer from damaged discs, the experienced surgeons at miVIP can perform discectomy surgery to alleviate your pain.

Patients should talk to their physician about the possibility of spinal surgery if they experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Numbness, tingling, and pain that radiates to the feet, legs, hands, arms, and shoulders.
  • Pain in the neck or lower back that prohibits normal activities.
  • Sciatica (pain and pressure on the sciatic nerve).

How Is the Surgery Performed?

During discectomy surgery, injured discs, bone fragments, and tissues that press on the nerves are removed. If spinal surgery is not performed, the pressure may build up and cause permanent spinal damage. There are two types of discectomy procedures that may be performed, depending on the area where the injured discs are located:

  • Cervical discectomy: repairs discs in the neck that have been damaged.
  • Lumbar discectomy: repairs discs in the lower back that have been damaged.

Both of the above procedures involve making a small incision into the neck or back and removing the injured discs and bone fragments that are causing pain. Here at miVIP Surgery Centers, we perform both types of spinal discectomy on an outpatient basis.

The Surgeons at miVIP

The highly skilled surgeons at miVIP Surgery Centers utilize the latest technology to perform discectomy surgery with the purpose of relieving pain associated with herniated discs. Some of the leading spinal surgery experts partner with our surgeons, including MD, FACS, and Israel Chambi. Our goal is to provide our patients with the highest-quality surgical procedures in an effort to relieve their spinal pain.

What to Expect After Spinal Discectomy

Following a spinal discectomy, most patients feel some discomfort and pain and may require the help of a back brace. While patients might expect to wear a brace for up to several months following a more invasive surgery, miVIP Surgery Center’s minimally invasive spinal surgery techniques allow many patients to go brace-free within a couple of weeks following their discectomy surgery. Most patients can expect to fully recover from the surgery within 4 to 6 weeks post-operation, although patients with extensive nerve damage may take longer to fully heal. As with any surgery, spinal discectomy carries with it the risk of bleeding and infection.

Cost of the Procedure

Depending on the procedure, minimally invasive spinal surgery may vary in cost. You are encouraged to meet with your miVIP surgeon to discuss recommended procedures and the corresponding costs. If you have insurance coverage, you should check with your provider to make sure that discectomy surgery is covered by your plan. Patients are required to pay any out-of-pocket costs, co-pays, and deductibles in relation to their surgery.

Long Term Prognosis

At miVIP, our goal is to decrease your pain so that you can enjoy life. While spinal discectomy may not be a valid option for everyone, it effectively reduces herniated disc pain for many people.

Contact Us Today

To find out how you can benefit from a discectomy, contact miVIP Surgery Centers today at 877.956.2263.

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