A discectomy utilizes the laminotomy procedure, which involves the removal of ligament and bone in order to expose a herniated disc. The herniated disc is then removed from the spine.
Also Known As:
- Disc surgery
- Back surgery
Conditions Treated with Discectomy:
A discectomy is performed in order to treat a herniated disc and relieve degenerative disc pain. It might also be performed for patients who suffer from spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, spinal tumors, arthritis, sciatica, bone spurs, or pain in the neck, shoulder, legs, or arms.
Non-surgical alternatives to discectomy include physical therapy, pain relief medications and steroid or chemonucleolysis injections. A surgical alternative to discectomy is an endoscopic microdiscectomy.
Anesthesia with Discectomy:
A discectomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Discectomy:
Potential risks of a discectomy include infection, bleeding, blood clotting and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. Other potential complications are weakness, spinal fluid leaks and nerve deterioration.
Prognosis after Discectomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result following a discectomy is good.
Recovery from Discectomy:
The total recovery time for a discectomy is two to four weeks.