Discectomy or Microdiscectomy
lastic discs which are present within the intervertebral spaces of the spine can become herniated, torn or protrude causing them to push against the spinal cord and its surrounding nerves. This pressure generates irritation of these nerve tissues, resulting in pain and weakness in one or both legs. If the pressure is extreme, it can cause the loss of movement and potentially the permanent loss of function. Symptoms associated with a herniated disc include back pain with or without leg pain and/or numbness (radiating pain), muscle weakness in the legs or buttocks, and loss of bladder control or bowel movements. Only when herniation is unresolved by epidural injections or too severe, is surgery necessary. Depending on the size of the herniation, a microdiscectomy, using a microscope and minimally invasive techniques, or a discectomy using a microscope would be recommended.
A One Hour Discectomy At North Jersey Spine Group
Both a discectomy and microdiscectomy are performed under general anesthesia. The neurosurgeon uses a very small incision and a microscope to see the affected disc and nerves. The offending disc pieces are then removed so as to no longer place pressure on the surrounding spinal cord and nerves. Patients often wake up from surgery with immediate pain relief and can quickly return back to daily activities. This does not require and overnight stay in a hospital so patients go home on the same day as the operation.
When spinal discs become weakened they can push against the nerve or spinal cord, which causes the elastic ring to extend, thus inflicting pain.
Choosing North Jersey Spine Group For A Discectomy Procedure
In the United States, any type of spine-related disc surgery is an elective procedure in approximately 70-80% of the cases. North Jersey Spine Group (NJSG) offers board-certified neurosurgeons who are are nerve and spine experts. Each doctor’s extensive experience and education allows them to evaluate whether rest then physical therapy, non-surgical epidural injections or a microdiscectomy would be the ideal option. NJSG combines all branches of spine care in one practice. Doctors choose the least invasive treatment plan that will quickly return the patient back to their daily life activities. With multiple offices from Essex County to Hudson County and the surrounding towns of Paramus, Sparta, and Montclair, NJ, NJSG serves patients across northern NJ. To learn more and find out the best treatment for a herniated, torn, or bulging disc, contact NJSG today.