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Dr. Justin Esterberg
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Microdiskectomy (Overview)

Removal or excision of a disc fragment that has herniated out of its normal position that is then causing nerve compression so its removal results in the decompression of the nerve. It is done through a small incision under magnification usually with an operative microscope and is typically an outpatient procedure.


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How is a microdiskectomy performed?

How is a microdiskectomy performed?

Microscopic: Microdiscectomy is the removal of disc fragments with assistance of the microscope. It is performed thru small openings. It is now used in association with mis systems. Mis allows the performance of the same procedure thru small tubular opening that does not require the destruction of adjacent muscles & vesselsl, potentially reducing scar tissue formation and leaving the muscle intact. ...Read more

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Dr. Justin Esterberg
105 doctors shared insights

Microdiskectomy (Overview)

Removal or excision of a disc fragment that has herniated out of its normal position that is then causing nerve compression so its removal results in the decompression of the nerve. It is done through a small incision under magnification usually with an operative microscope and is typically an outpatient procedure.


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When is a microdiskectomy indicated?

When is a microdiskectomy indicated?

Fail nonop care: After 3 months failing non op care like pt meds epidural injections and pain level and/or neurologic exam indicates reason for surgery. Only 10% need surgery. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: microdiskectomy?

What is the definition or description of: microdiskectomy?

Disc removal: This is when the intervertebral disc material is partially removed with the help of high magnification. This often reduces the size of the incision when compared to non magnified cases. ...Read more

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When is a microdiskectomy absolutely necessary and not an electice procedure?

Fail nonop care: After 3 months failing non op care like pt meds epidural injections and pain level and/or neurologic exam indicates reason for surgery. Only 10% need surgery. ...Read more

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How long can i go back to my physical training after microdiskectomy procedure considering with/without complications?

How long can i go back to my physical training after microdiskectomy procedure considering with/without complications?

6 weeks: Unfortunately you can never completely escape the possibility of complications, but generally you can resume normal activities 6 weeks after a microdiscectomy. Some surgeons will allow return to normal activity even sooner than that, so you should really discuss this with your own surgeon. ...Read more

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What supports the spine after a microdiskectomy?

What supports the spine after a microdiskectomy?

Disks and facets: The remaining disk as well as the facet joints of the posterior spine support the spine after microdiskectomy. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel numbness on 1 side of your body after microdiskectomy?

Is it normal to feel numbness on 1 side of your body after microdiskectomy?

Possibly: Surgery requires some movement of the nerve and this can cause some numbness in the nerve afterward. This should improve over the first 4-6 weeks after the surgery. If the surgery was a neck or cervical surgery, there may be some spinal cord swelling that needs to resolve. This numbness should improve but may linger to a small degree in the future. ...Read more

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Is it common to feel numbness on one side of the body after a microdiskectomy?

Is it common to feel numbness on one side of the body after a microdiskectomy?

Residual symptoms po: One can have residual neurologic symptoms in the affected leg for months or even permanent as surgery is more predictable in terms pf pain relief than for beurologic symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it typical to feel numbness on one side of your body after a microdiskectomy?

Is it typical to feel numbness on one side of your body after a microdiskectomy?

Sometimes there is : Numbness present from the nerve being compressed by the disc herniation that can resolve or persist after surgery ; sometimes the surgery leads to inflammation of the nerve which can lead to numbness that can also resolve or persist in the area that nerve supplies but if you have one sided body numbness you should go immediately to the er to make sure there is nothing else happening ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel numb after a microdiskectomy?

Is it normal to feel numb after a microdiskectomy?

Not uncommon: Sometimes a sensory nerve is cut when the incion is made giving numbness in the area of the incision. The nerve root at the area of the diskectomy can sometimes be contacted or stretched during surgery. Bothe of these will typically resolve with time. ...Read more

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