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Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center

Neurosurgery, Physical Medicine, Pain Medicine, Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy located throughout Georgia

If you have pain associated with a herniated disc and conservative treatments haven’t alleviated your discomfort, the expert neurosurgery team at Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center in Sandy Springs, College Park, and Johns Creek, Georgia, offers solutions. They use minimally invasive microdiscectomy, also known as microdecompression, to alleviate pain for long-lasting relief. Schedule an appointment with Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center over the phone or online to find out if microdiscectomy is right for you.

Microdiscectomy Q & A

What is microdiscectomy?

Microdiscectomy, or microdecompression, is a minimally invasive surgery to remove a herniated disc that presses on your spinal cord or nerve roots and causes you pain. The specialists at Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center use a special microscope for better precision and accuracy with smaller incisions, less bleeding, and a shorter recovery time.

Why might I need a microdiscectomy?

Your neurosurgeon may recommend a microdiscectomy if you have low back pain that doesn’t subside with physical therapy, massage therapy, or injections. You might be a good candidate for the procedure if you experience:

  • Symptoms that are radicular in nature
  • Long-lasting pain
  • Severe discomfort
  • Numbness or weakness

To find out if microdiscectomy is right for you, your surgeon reviews your symptoms and medical history. They examine you and may use X-rays or MRIs to determine the type and severity of your injury and let you know which procedure best matches your personalized needs.

What should I expect during the procedure?

Prior to a microdiscectomy your Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center anesthesiologist uses medicine to keep you asleep so you don’t feel pain during the procedure. During surgery, your doctor may remove a small piece of part of your vertebra and disc material using innovative minimally invasive techniques.

After a microdiscectomy, you rest in a recovery area at Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center. Your surgeon helps you manage pain after the procedure and gives you aftercare instructions.

What happens after microdiscectomy?

You can walk around as soon as the numbness wears off and resume normal everyday activities when your doctor gives you the OK. Walk as much as you can during the first few weeks of your recovery and wear a brace if your surgeon recommends it.

Completing a physical therapy program at Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center accelerates healing and helps prevent future injuries. Your surgeon lets you know when it’s safe to go back to work and lift objects.

Don’t live with back pain that prevents you from being active, lifting objects, driving, or working at a computer. Schedule an appointment with Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center over the phone or online to find out if microdiscectomy is right for you.