Benefits of Lumbar Discectomy
Studies suggest that almost everyone will encounter lower back pain or sciatica at some point in their life, which can impede their ability to complete work responsibilities or participate in recreational activities and sports. Potential causes of lower back pain include lumbar arthritis degenerative disc disease, muscular strain, and herniated or bulging discs. Lumbar discectomy is considered the preferred treatment for back pain or sciatica caused by a herniated or bulging disc.
The term “discectomy” means removal of the disc. This surgery can be performed on any part of the spine, such as the cervical (neck) or lumbar (lower back) regions. Various surgical tools and techniques can be used for the discectomy procedure. A minimally invasive or microendoscopic approach uses a small skin incision and a series of dilators to tunnel through the muscles, with special instruments to operate in a smaller space. The minimally invasive approach causes less disruption to the back muscles and is usually followed by a shorter recovery time.