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Could a micro discectomy bring positive results?

Could a micro discectomy bring positive results?

Yes: In the proper scenario, a microdiscectomy can be very helpful. Disc herniations can cause pain, numbness and weakness. If the symptoms have not gone away with conservative modalities, such as anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, epidural injections, then surgery is a good option. The procedure takes out the herniated portion through a small incision. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Tromanhauser
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Discectomy (Definition)

Discectomy is the a surgical procedure in which the ruptured portion of a ruptured spinal disc (the pad between two vertebrae) is removed. Disc tissue near the rupture may also be removed, but usually most of the disc is saved. If a spinal fusion is needed, a more ...Read more


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Does a micro discectomy bring results?

Does a micro discectomy bring results?

YES!!: Microdiscectomy, whether performed traditionally or thru miss technique performed for the correct diagnosis routinely result in excellent results. For discectomy there is a 90% excellent outcome. Hopefully in the future we will be able to achieve a 100% excellent outcome! ...Read more

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How should I sleep after a micro discectomy?

Whichever way that: Makes you the most comfortable. However you shouldn't sleep in sitting position. ...Read more

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During a minimally invasive micro discectomy a CSF leak occurred & repaired should I have been sent home the same day?

During a minimally invasive micro discectomy a CSF leak occurred & repaired should I have been sent home the same day?

Probably: CSF leak is a not uncommon occurrence during microdiscectomy. When this happens, every effort is made at the time of surgery to repair the dural opening and prevent leakage. If CSF leakage through the incision occurs, this should be resutured, and sometimes a reoperation is necessary. The leak usually doesn't occur for several days, however, so there is no advantage to keeping the patient. ...Read more

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I had a micro discectomy L5 s1 feb 15, no more electrocution, but still pain along the same sciatic line 2 months later? It's off the nerve.

I had a micro discectomy L5 s1 feb 15, no more electrocution, but still pain along the same sciatic line 2 months later? It's off the nerve.

Microdiscectomy: It is possible that a residual or recurrent disc herniation could cause persistent pain - an MRI with/without contrast would document this. Also, unfortunately there are also cases in which the nerve has already sustained permanent damage, so even if a microdiscectomy is technically successful and without complications, the nerve damage may not be reversible. ...Read more

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I had micro discectomy 3 months ago for nerve damage on right side which was successful but now get pain around left hip could it be the nerve settling?

I had micro discectomy 3 months ago for nerve damage on right side which was successful  but now get pain around left hip could it be the nerve settling?

This could be that : Even after successful disc surgery which is anticipated 90-95% of the time that due to further disc degeneration, 10% can develop back pain over time and there is a 5% chance of a recurrent disc herniation occuring as well as only a portion of the disc that herniated is removed as the rest remains functional. Avoid smoking, being overweight & exercise regularly to minimize issues. ...Read more

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What should I do to cope with horrific leg pain after a lumbar micro diskectomy?

What should I do to cope with horrific leg pain after a lumbar micro diskectomy?

See your surgeon: Let your surgeon know what is going on. They would be in the best position to provide advice and determine if a new imaging study such as a MRI of the lumbar spine with and without contrast to rule out a recurrent disc herniation is warranted. ...Read more

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Had micro discectomy that went wrong compressed the nerve .Next op removed debris , bone fragments nerve comfy , could scar tissue ruin second op?

Had micro discectomy that went wrong compressed the nerve .Next op removed debris , bone fragments nerve comfy , could scar tissue ruin second op?

Possible: Arachnoiditis is thought to potentially occur in patients who undergo multiple back surgeries. This is a condition felt to be due to traction placed on the spinal cord sac or its internal elements from the formation of scar tissue following surgery. Usually not a huge problem until the patient has had more than a couple of surgeries but even 1 could be all that's needed in some folks. ...Read more

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Had micro discectomy for sciatica down right leg 8 weeks ago now experience pain in left hip am i expecting to much to soon as op considered success?

Had micro discectomy for sciatica down right leg 8 weeks ago now experience pain in left hip am i expecting to much to soon as op considered success?

Yes/No: Surgery will remove the disc so it will not heal normally but can result in reduction in pain and resolving any lasting nerve damage due to the disc herniation. Healing can take up to 3 months. Healing on its own will take time and may keep the integrity of the disc intact which may be the best at keeping the disc as normal as possible. Healing on its own can take up to 6-9 months or longer. ...Read more

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Is ozone a better treatment than micro discectomy for l4-l5 hernia with sciatica?

Is ozone a better treatment than micro discectomy for l4-l5 hernia with sciatica?

Neither: is first line treatment or standard of care for a herniated disk. Suggest core strengthening exercises first, then maybe consider epidural steroid injections and facet joint treatments if needed. After that surgery can be considered. Only time surgery is first line is if you are having weakness, loss of function of bowel or bladder or extreme pain not resolved with above treatments. ...Read more

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Is there a way to tell from symptoms if a micro discectomy for L5 s1 will eliminate pain in the calf/hip/foot while walking/sitting?

Is there a way to tell from symptoms if a micro discectomy for L5 s1 will eliminate pain in the calf/hip/foot while walking/sitting?

Maybe: If the MRI shows the L5 - s1 disc pushing on the exiting nerve root on the same side as the pain, then you have a reasonable chance of getting improvement in those symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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How is a discectomy done?

Variety of ways: Several ways but standard in the lower back is a microdisectomy through a small posterior incision leading to the roof or lamina of the spine where a small keyhole opening is created through a natural open area & moving the nerve & nerve sac out of the way to access the piece of disc herniated with special instruments to protect the neural elements while removing disc fragments as an outpatient. ...Read more

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Can a discectomy be reversed?

No : You mean put the herniation back?If you have worse pain after procedure followup with surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the success chances for discectomy?

High: If the symptoms of pain, weakness and/or numbness can be matched to the abnormalities on mri, and if everything else has failed, then surgery to remove the offending disc can provide significant (>75%) relief of painful symptoms. There is a small chance of recurrence in the future. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: diskectomy?

What is the definition or description of: diskectomy?

Excision: The term discectomy refers to an excision of all or part of a disc. The disc itself is a cartilage structure that is located between two vertebral bodies. Disectomies are typically performed to improve pain and/or function in a patient that had failed no operative care. ...Read more

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Diskectomy (Definition)

The term discectomy refers to an excision of all or part of a disc. The disc itself is a cartilage structure that is located between two vertebral bodies. Disectomies are typically performed to improve pain and/or function in a patient that had ...Read more