What is the best treatment for herniated disc in lower back

Herniated lumbar disc is a condition in which the soft, central portion bulges out beyond the damaged outer rings. The leaking of its inner material can aggravate a nerve or trigger back or leg pain.

Symptoms

  • Pain on one side of the body.

  • Pain extending towards the arms or legs.

  • Pain starting from low back and radiating towards the back of the thigh and leg.

  • Numbness or tingling in the leg.

  • Weakness in one side of the body.

 

The most successful and most common treatment for herniated disc in microdiscectomy.

 

What is microdiscectomy?

It is a minimally invasive procedure to remove the herniated disc to treat the pain by relieving pressure on spinal nerves.

 

Procedure

  1. The surgery is done under general anesthesia with the patient lying on the table facing downwards.

  2. An incision is made over the affected area on the back.

  3. Then, with the help of a microscopic camera and a slight amount of bone cutting (if needed), the surgeon approaches the herniated disk

  4. With the help of a scissor-like tool, the herniated tissue is removed, relieving pressure on the pressed nerve.

    Recovery

    Microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive procedure. Hence, the patient is discharged within 24 hours from the surgery.

    The patient is able to resume back to his normal life within 2-4 weeks. He /she will need to consult a physical therapist or an occupational therapist, who render guidance related to certain body postures and movement that will be needed to avoid. Also, the patient will be told about the exercises to strengthen the muscles and bones of the spine.

    After the surgery, a person needs to avoid bending, climbing and lifting heavy loads (more than 5 pounds). He should also avoid long drives or sitting for long hours.


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