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What is microdiscectomy, and how is it performed?

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What Is Minimally Invasive Discectomy?

A minimally invasive discectomy (microdiscectomy) is a surgical procedure of the spine that uses a very small incision (usually less than one inch), a microscope, and small surgical tools to remove portions of the intervertebral disc(s) that are compressing the spinal nerves in the lower back. 

A microdiscectomy is most often used to treat the symptoms of a herniated disc that did not respond to non-surgical treatment options.


About Minimally Invasive Discectomy

A microdiscectomy is especially effective in treating sciatica—a burning pain that runs from the hip to the back of the thigh and legs. Sciatica relief usually occurs very quickly after surgery. 

At OrthoNeuro, our Board Certified Spine Surgeons are experts in microdiscectomy surgery and have helped thousands of patients return to an active and healthy lifestyle after this procedure.

How a Minimally Invasive Discectomy Is Performed

At OrthoNeuro, a microdiscectomy is usually performed as an outpatient procedure so that you can return home the same day as your procedure. 

Steps used to perform the procedure include:

  1. Incision A small one-inch incision is made along the lower back.
  2. Exposure  Muscles are gently retracted so the compressed nerve can be viewed.
  3. Discectomy Tiny instruments and microscopic guidance are used to remove pieces of the disc and arthritic bone.
  4. Closure Stitches and adhesive strips close the incision. 

Using our advanced minimally invasive techniques, there is very little surgical trauma and you are able to recover and return to normal activities shortly after surgery.

Make an Appointment with an OrthoNeuro Spine Surgeon Today!

If you have been considering a microdiscectomy, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Spine Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus. 

We will evaluate your unique lifestyle and goals to determine which type of treatment is best for you. 

Spine Care Specialists

If you live with chronic back or neck pain, contact OrthoNeuro in Columbus, Ohio, for state-of-the-art diagnosis and personalized spine care treatment plans to heal your spine, relieve your pain, and help you get back to your regular activities.

Ying H. Chen, DO, FACOS


Paul H. Eichenseer, DO

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

David K. Kim, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Donald J. Rohl, DO

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Larry Todd, DO

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Mark A. White, DO


Daniel P. Pap, MD

Interventional Pain Specialist

Siddharth Shetgeri, DO


Dustin Reynolds, M.D.

Interventional Pain Management Specialist

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