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DISCECTOMY

DISCECTOMY


This surgery is done in order to remove herniated disc material which press on the spinal cord or on a nerve root. It can be done open (Open Discectomy) or using a special microscope (Microscopic discectomy).

Indications:

Surgery is suggested when the patients have:

  • Very bad leg pain, weakness and numbness of the feet.
  • Leg symptoms do not get better after at least 4 weeks of nonsurgical treatment.
  • Results of a physical exam show that you have weakness, loss of motion, or abnormal feeling that is likely to get better after surgery.

Surgery is considered an emergency if you have cauda equina syndrome. Signs include:

  • loss of bowel or bladder control.
  • weakness in the legs (usually both legs).
  • numbness or tingling in the buttocks, genital area, or legs (usually both legs).

Surgery:

Under general anaesthesia, the herniated part of the disc that is pressing on the nerves is removed. Any loose fragments of the disc can also be removed during the surgery. The normal surgical time is about 1 to 1 ½ hours.

Post-surgery

After the surgery, the patients usually have complete pain relief in the affected leg. Numbness and weakness take more time to recover. The patients are made to walk on the 1st day after surgery and are discharged on the 2nd day.


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    TOSH(Trauma & Orthopaedic Speciality Hospital)
    #72, Ormes Road,
    Kilpauk, Chennai
    India
    Pin: 600010.
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