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Most patients will feel better within a couple of weeks; however, do not lift, push or pull any heavy objects until after your doctor says it is OK.
Microdiscectomy and lumbar laminectomy are performed to help relieve pain, numbness and discomfort from pressure on nerves in the spine.
With microdiscectomy, the patient is placed face-down and a tiny incision is made over the location of the herniated disc. The orthopaedic surgeon uses a retractor to remove parts of the lamina bone so that there is a clear view of the spinal nerve and disc. The damaged disc is removed and is replaced with bone replacement material.
In laminectomy, the surgeon makes several tiny incisions to access the region. During the procedure, the surgeon removes a small part of the bone, called the lamina, just over the nerve root, and can also remove or trim disc material underneath the nerve root to allow for more space.
Both procedures take about one hour.
Recovery will vary based on each patient, but most patients feel better after two weeks and can return to work or school. Full recovery takes from two to eight weeks.
If your pain is caused by nerve compression, these procedures remove the disc, bone and bone spurs that may be pressing on the nerve. The surgeon is able to open up the region to give the nerve and nerve root more space, so compression is no longer an issue.
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