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What do you need to know about Discectomy?

Discectomy is a surgical procedure that aims to relieve pain and other symptoms caused by a herniated disc in the spine. This procedure involves removing all or part of the damaged disc to reduce pressure on the spinal nerves and allow for healing. It is usually recommended when conservative treatments such as physical therapy and medication have failed to provide relief. Discectomy not only helps alleviate pain, but also improves overall mobility and quality of life. While every surgical procedure has its risks, the benefits of discectomy often outweigh them for individuals suffering from severe disc-related symptoms. It is important to consult with our expert spine specialist, Dr. Ajay, to determine if discectomy is the right option for you.

What are the types of Discectomy?

Microdiscectomy: This is a minimally invasive procedure where a small incision is made, and a microscope is used to guide the surgeon in removing the herniated part of the disc. Microdiscectomy aims to minimize damage to surrounding tissues and muscles.

Endoscopic Discectomy: In endoscopic discectomy, a small incision is made, and an endoscope (a thin, flexible tube with a camera) is inserted to visualize and remove the herniated disc. This approach also aims to reduce tissue damage and promote a quicker recovery.

Laminotomy: This procedure involves the removal of a small part of the lamina, a bony structure in the spine, to access and remove the herniated disc. It is often performed in conjunction with a discectomy.

Laminectomy: Unlike laminotomy, a laminectomy involves the complete removal of the lamina. This procedure is typically done when there is significant compression on the spinal cord and nerves, and more space is needed to relieve pressure.

Open Discectomy: This is a traditional surgical approach where a larger incision is made, and the muscles are moved aside to access the affected disc. Open discectomy may be necessary in cases where a more extensive removal of the disc is required.

Percutaneous Discectomy: This is a minimally invasive procedure where a catheter or probe is inserted through the skin to remove or shrink the herniated disc using various techniques, such as laser or radiofrequency energy.

What is the procedure of Discectomy?

Preparation of Discectomy

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