A microdiscectomy (also called a microdecompression) is usually more effective for relieving leg pain (also known as radiculopathy, or sciatica) than lower back pain.
Lumbar microdiscectomy is arguably the most common minimally invasive spine surgery, and the patient outcomes are impressive (the success rate is approximately 95%).
A minimally invasive lumbar discectomy involves removing a small portion of the bone over the nerve root and/or a portion of the intervertebral disc from under the nerve root to relieve nerve compression and provide space for the nerve to heal.
A minimally invasive lumbar discectomy utilizes surgical instruments specially designed for minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS). These small instruments allow the surgeon to separate muscles and other soft tissues instead of cutting them. This means less postoperative pain after surgery. MISS procedures are typically safer, quicker, and get you back on your feet faster than traditional “open” spine surgery.
Benefits of MISS include:
- Smaller incision
- Less blood loss
- Lower risk of muscle and soft tissue damage
- Lower risk of infection
- Reduced postoperative pain
- Reduced pain medication use
- Faster recovery