A discectomy is the surgical removal of herniated disc/bulging disc material that presses on a nerve root or the spinal cord.
During this outpatient spine surgery, the surgeon places the first tube into a small incision. A series of tubes of increasing size are placed over this first tube to slowly create a small opening to the spine. That allows us to perform the discectomy with minimal damage to the surrounding muscles. The muscles are pushed out of the way and are not torn or cut. The last tube is about 18 millimeters in diameter and through this working tube we insert the laser, camera, suction, irrigation and other surgical instruments.
Once everything is in place, the surgeon utilizes special instruments to remove the disc material, therefore diminishing the pressure on the spinal cord and/or the spinal nerve. Many patients feel immediate relief during the discectomy as the pressure is minimized. When the procedure is complete, the tube is slowly removed, allowing the muscles to move back into place.
This minimally invasive surgery typically takes 60 minutes to perform. After one to two hours of monitoring, the patient (with a Care Partner) is free to go. Following a day of rest and recovery, the patient then returns for a postoperative visit to get clearance from the physician to return home.
Having treated more than 75,000 patients since 2005, Laser Spine Institute is dedicated to assisting as many people regain their quality of life as possible. In addition to the discectomy, we offer procedures such as laminotomy, anterior cervical discectomy fusion (ACDF), RegenaDISC®, Decompression with Interlaminar Stabilization™ Device, facet thermal ablation, lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF), foraminotomy, and cervical disc replacement.