Micro lumbar discectomy is performed under general anaesthesia through a small opening, measuring 25 to 30mm in the back at the affected disc level
The surgery is done using microscope, a sophisticated system in medical science. The microscope offers excellent magnification, light illumination and the ability to use a video camera and monitor to allow the entire operating room theatre to observe the operating field.
The prolapsed disc is approached after gentle retraction of back muscle and the offending nerve root. These steps are done with micro instruments designed for the procedure. The disease –prolapsed disc materials are gently removed and the nerve root is confirmed decompressed and relaxed.
A search for loose disc fragments are made before meticulous closure of the small wound. The patient is mobilized from the bed on the same day or the next day morning to continue day-to-day activities.
In summary Micro discectomy is a time proven minimally invasive procedure with a long track record of benefits. The small incision and magnification utilized reinforce gentle tissue handling minimal blood loss. Early mobilization of the patient and discharge is beneficial to the patient.
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