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Micro Discectomy for Slipped Disc

Micro Discectoy, also known as Microdecompression spine surgery, is typically recommended to the patients who are suffering from leg pain caused due to herniated lumbar disc. Normally, such leg pain can get better in six to twelve weeks time. The surgery may not be required if the pain is tolerable and the patient can function well. However, a Micro Discectomy surgery becomes a viable option when the patient does not get any relief in pain with non-surgical treatments.


Spine surgery or back surgery may become immediately necessary in case of severe leg pain and alarming conditions of bowel/urinary incontinence or progressive neurological deficits.


The Micro Discectomy is performed through a small (1 inch to 1 1 inch) incision in the mid line of the lower back. In this kind of surgery, a small portion of the bone over the nerve root and/or disc material from under the nerve root is removed to relieve neural impingement and provide more room for the nerve to heal. While it may take weeks or months for the nerve root to fully heal, patients normally feel relief from leg pain almost immediately after a Micro Discectomy spine surgery.


A Micro Discectomy spine surgery has a success rate of around 90% to 95%. There are rare chances of any surgical/post-surgical complications and recurrent disc herniation in future.


Micro Discectomy is generally considered and recommended for patients:

  • Who have suffered from severe leg pain for more than six weeks
  • Who have not benefitted from non-surgical treatments like oral steroids, physical therapy etc.


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