Lumbar Microdiscectomy for Herniated Disc

What Causes a Herniated Disc?

Discs can be thought of as the “shock absorbers” or “cushions” between the vertebral bones in the spine. Discs are made up of a fibrous, tough, outer ring (the annulus) which surrounds a central core of gelatinous, soft material (the nucleus). If the annulus tears, the nucleus can then extrude through the hole in the annulus and place pressure on the nerve roots.

(It is similar to what would happen if a jelly doughnut is crushed – the jelly would leak out through the side of the doughnut). This is what is called a herniated disc. The pressure on the nerve roots caused by the herniated disc can result in pain, weakness, or numbness/tingling of the buttocks and lower extremities.

How is a Lumbar Microdisectomy Performed?

Lumbar microdiscectomy surgery is done to relieve pressure on the nerves and help treat your symptoms. After making a small incision over the area of the disc herniation in the lower back, our surgeon Dr. LaRocca, removes the portion of the disc that is creating pressure on the nerve roots. Some additional loose disc material is also removed, but the entire disc is NOT removed because doing so is unnecessary. The goal of the operation is to remove the portions of the disc material contributing to the leg pain.

Recovery Time

Most patients go home on the same day of their spine surgery. Occasionally, an overnight stay is needed. Patients usually go home when:

  • Pain is controlled by oral pain pills
  • They can eat and drink
  • They are able to walk
  • They pass urine independently

Why Choose The New Jersey Neck & Back Institute in Lawrenceville?

At the New Jersey Neck and Back Institute, our objective is getting our patients results that allow them to live happy, comfortable, and pain-free lives. Our experienced and professional medical team understands your concerns about scoliosis, and we’re prepared to help you understand your diagnosis and choose the treatment that’s most likely to give you the results you’re looking for.