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What is lower back microdiscectomy surgery?

Microdiscectomy also known as microdecompression is a spine surgery. The surgery is typically used to relive pain from a pinched nerve caused by a herniated or bulging disc in the lower back.  Disc material or small portion of bone hitting a spinal nerve root is removed to relieve severe low back pain.

The surgery in essence un-pinches the nerve that was being compressed by a disc herniation or bulge. The pinched nerve then has room to heal and hopefully work properly again.  

When is microdiscectomy surgery a good idea?

Microdiscectomy is typically performed for a herniated lower back disc.  It is often more successful in relieving leg pain (known as radiculopathy) from a pinched nerve than general low back pain. Often after a trauma, like a car accident, people experience radiculopathy.

Symptoms of radiculopathy in one of both legs include:

  • Shooting pain
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Foot pain
  • Foot numbness
  • Leg weakness
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control

Here’s video showing a visual of how a microdiscectomy is performed.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it may indicate a bulging or herniated disc has been suffered as a result of the trauma or car accident. You should consult with your doctor as soon as possible.