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Lumbar microdiscectomy is a minimally-invasive neurosurgical procedure to remove portions of a herniated lumbar disc to relieve pressure on the spine or nerve branches. Dr. Sina Rajamand and his skilled team in Reno perform this procedure at Battle Born Brain and Spine. Lumbar microdiscectomy can often be a solution for sciatic pain from a herniated disc when conservative measures fail or no longer bring relief.

When a spinal disc herniates, the spongy, gel-like material inside the disc is compressed until it bulges out of the fibrous outer disc material. This bulging material can press on the spinal cord or other nerves, causing pain. In the lumbar, or lower, spine, this is frequently the cause of sciatic nerve pain that radiates down through the buttocks and legs, typically on one side or the other.

Carson City Micro Decompression Surgery

Lumbar microdiscectomy is a form of decompression surgery, although it is generally performed on an outpatient basis. Due to the minimally-invasive nature of the procedure, patients usually go home the same day after surgery and can often return to full activity within 2-3 weeks. Dr. Rajamand will explain more about recovery and provide post-surgical instructions during your surgical consultation.

Minimally-Invasive micro decompression surgery of the lumbar spine is performed with only a small, single incision. Dr. Rajamand inserts tiny surgical tools and a camera so that he can see the surgical space on a large monitor. This facilitates minute movements and precise surgical operations in a small, restricted space. The risk of damaging nearby tissues is greatly reduced, as is the risk of infection. The small incision heals quickly, meaning you can be up and about the same day.

When sciatica pain does not resolve over time with conservative treatments, Dr. Rajamand may recommend lumbar microdiscectomy, a form of micro decompression surgery. This procedure is not usually recommended for back pain, as other treatments are better suited for conditions that cause non-radiating pain in the lower back. Contact Battle Born Brain and Spine for more information and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rajamand.