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Minimally Disruptive Techniques
Treat Spine Conditions with Minimally Disruptive Techniques
In addition to more extensive and invasive surgical procedures, at Key Clinics, we offer our patients a variety of minimally disruptive techniques that eliminate pain and correct conditions involving the spine and nerves. A lumbar discectomy, also referred to as a microdiscectomy, is one of the most common procedures performed by Dr. Siegal.
Although Dr. Siegal treats a broad range of spine and nerve conditions, he cares for a significant number of patients with herniated discs in the lower back region. If you have a lumbar disc herniation but want to avoid an invasive procedure, consult with Dr. Siegal about a minimally disruptive lumbar discectomy using microscopic dissection.
What Is a Minimally Disruptive Lumbar Discectomy?
This procedure involves removing the damaged part of the disc in your lower back, which eliminates pressure on and irritation of the nerve. With a herniation, a disc with a cushioning effect that sits between the vertebrae slips out of place. Because this puts pressure on the nerve, patients experience a lot of pain. Some people even lose a degree of mobility.
At Key Clinics, Dr. Siegal relies on state-of-the-art technology, combined with his experience and expertise as a respected board-certified neurosurgeon, to fix the problem. As this is a minimally disruptive procedure, you will heal quickly and enjoy optimal results.
Key Benefits of a Minimally Disruptive Technique
Unlike more complex spinal surgeries, those classified as minimally disruptive do not need as much exposure. Instead, Dr. Siegal makes only a tiny 2 inch incision, through which he inserts specialized equipment to access the area of the back involved and remove the damaged part of the disc with the assistance of a microscope.
Rather than living with constant pain, weakness, compromised mobility, and a sensation of numbness and tingling, you will regain an excellent quality of life after recovering from surgery.
Performing a minimally disruptive spine surgery with a microscope through a small opening reduces potential risk to the muscles surrounding the spine and the nerves themselves. As a result, patients experience less pain after surgery and heal faster without experiencing secondary problems.
How Long Is the Recovery Period?
For a lumbar discectomy, as well as other minimally disruptive techniques provided by Key Clinics, you can expect to go home the same day as or day after surgery. From there, you should plan to rest anywhere between two to four weeks, which varies on a patient-by-patient basis. If you are a healthy individual, you could recover in just one week. Patients can return to full activities within 3 months.
Immediately following lumbar discectomy, you should notice a significant reduction in pain. However, over the next month, the pain relief will improve even more as the once-compressed nerves heal.
Quality Care and Quick Recovery
At Key Clinics, Dr. Siegal performs various minimally disruptive techniques for many different spine and nerve conditions. If you need relief from pain and other symptoms contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Siegal.