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A micro-decompression, or microdiscectomy, is a minimally invasive procedure that is effective for relieving leg pain or sciatica. This procedure is commonly performed because of a herniated disc creating leg pain or degenerative changes creating impingement upon the nerve root. A microdecompression is performed through a one inch incision per level on the lumbar spine. The surgeon utilizes an operating microscope that allows him to clearly visualize the nerve root and pathology. A laminotomy, a small opening in the bony lamina, is performed to access the disc space and nerve root. Small instruments are used to remove bony spurs or disc fragments away from the nerve roots. This procedure is performed as an outpatient and the patient returns home shortly after. Most patients will wear a lumbar spine brace for the first 4-6 weeks after the procedure to help facilitate healing.
We have performed more than 10,000 successful spine surgeries, most of which utilize minimally invasive techniques.
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