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Discectomy Specialist

Neurosurgical Associates Medical Group

Spine Surgeons & Neurosurgeons located in Fresno, CA

When standard medical care fails to relieve the pain of a pinched spinal nerve, a discectomy may be the treatment you need. The neurosurgeons and spine surgeons at Neurosurgical Associates Medical Group specialize in managing your spinal pain using many types of interventional treatments, but when it comes down to a compressed nerve caused by a disc problem, discectomy is often the best solution. To learn whether this procedure can relieve your pain, call the office in Fresno, California, or book an appointment online.

Discectomy Q & A

What is a discectomy?

A discectomy is a surgical procedure in which your surgeon removes a portion of your disc to alleviate nerve irritation and pain.

A herniated or bulging disc is one that is squeezed out beyond its usual space between your vertebrae, irritating the surrounding nerves. The gel-like substance within the disc may also leak out, which causes nerve irritation, as well.

Your surgeon performs endoscopic discectomy on an outpatient basis under sedation or general anesthesia. By using a small tube inserted through a truly minimally invasive 8mm incision, your surgeon accesses your damaged disc and removes the small amount of tissue that's pressing on your nerve or irritating it.

Who is a candidate for a discectomy?

Your surgeon performs discectomies on your lumbar spine, usually to alleviate sciatica pain. Typically, good candidates for this type of procedure are:

  • Of normal weight
  • Otherwise healthy
  • Have tried other treatments

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for back pain, and your surgeon at Neurosurgical Associates Medical Group treats each patient as a separate case.

After reviewing your past and current health, as well as performing a thorough physical evaluation, the team at Neurosurgical Associates Medical Group sits down with you to come up with a treatment plan that’s best for your situation, which may include a discectomy.

Are there any risks with a discectomy?

Thanks to advanced surgical techniques, your surgeon can perform a discectomy on an outpatient basis with minimal tissue damage. As a result, there’s far less risk of infection, chronically painful scar on your nerves, or collateral damage to muscles/bones/joints that are associated with traditional open surgeries.

That said, it’s still surgery, and you may experience some pain, redness, and swelling at the site of the incision. These usually resolve themselves within a few days after your procedure.

How long is the recovery after a discectomy?

After your discectomy, you should expect to limit your movements for an agreed-upon amount of time, only gradually introducing exercise.

Your surgeon may recommend physical therapy or at-home exercises that go a long way toward helping your back heal properly, strengthening your surrounding muscles at the same time.

To find out whether a discectomy is right for you, call Neurosurgical Associates Medical Group or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation.