Lumbar discectomy is the surgical procedure used to treat a typical herniated disc

When surgery is indicated to treat a typical lumbar herniated disc, a lumbar discectomy is usually the surgery of choice.

A lumbar discectomy is minimally invasive, allows the patient to go home the same day, and results in very rapid recovery.

Dr Jack Chen, a Board-Certified orthopaedic spine surgeon in Orange County California presents an overview of lumbar discectomy surgery along with a 3 part video series.

Lumbar Discectomy

What is it?

Pain in the lower back (lumbar spine) and legs, among other symptoms, may occur when an intervertebral disc herniates – when the annulus fibrosus (tough, outer ring) of the disc tears and the nucleus pulposus (soft, jelly-like center) squeezes out, and places pressure on, or “pinches,” an adjacent nerve root.

Lumbar discectomy is an operation that involves using a surgical microscope and microsurgical techniques to access and treat the lumbar spine. By providing magnification and illumination, the microscope allows for a limited dissection. Only that portion of the herniated disc, which is pinching one or more nerve roots, is removed. The term discectomy is derived from the Latin words discus (flat, circular object or plate) and -ectomy (removal).

Why is it done?

Pressure placed on one or more nerve roots by a herniated disc may irritate these neural structures and cause

  • Debilitating leg pain
  • Weakness and/or numbness in the legs and/or feet, and
  • Bowel/bladder incontinence
  • Patients who suffer from these symptoms as a result of a pinched nerve are potential candidates for this operation.

The Operation

An understanding of what a lumbar microdiscectomy involves will help you to approach your operation and recovery with confidence.
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Lumbar Discectomy Videos

Introduction Lumbar Discectomy- Part 1

Lumbar microdiscectomy is an operation on the lumbar spine performed using a surgical microscope and microsurgical techniques.

Lumbar Discectomy- Part 2

Lumbar Discectomy- Part 3

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