A Lumbar micro-decompression, commonly referred to as a microdiscectomy, is a procedure used to help treat leg pain caused by a lumbar herniated disc. While the procedure involves treating the herniated disc, the surgery is most reliable at treating leg pain caused by sciatica. If you are struggling with persistent leg pain from sciatica that has not resolved with conservative methods such as exercise and lifestyle changes, a lumbar micro-decompression may be a viable option for treatment. Contact your local NJ Spine & Orthopedic branch to determine if this procedure is right for you.
During a lumbar micro-decompression, a small part of the bone surrounding the damaged nerve root and disc material is extracted. This procedure is most effective at treating leg pain, also referred to as radiculopathy or sciatica, caused by a herniated disc in the lumbar. For patients with leg pain, the pain relief is typically noticeable almost immediately following the procedure. In fact, most patients go home from their surgery with significant pain relief.
For patients that have numbness, weakness, or other symptoms in their legs and feet, it can take weeks or months for the nerve root to heal and their symptoms to subside. In general, lumbar micro-decompressions are used to provide immediate relief for patients struggling with sciatica in one or both of their legs.
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If a person’s sciatica is caused by a disc herniation, it will typically resolve on its own within six to twelve weeks from the onset of pain. As long as the pain is not severe and the patient can function normally, it’s advisable to try other methods before surgery to see if the pain will resolve with conservative treatments. However, sometimes the leg pain caused by sciatica is severe, and in these cases, a lumbar micro-decompression can be a viable option for treatment. You may be a good candidate for a lumbar micro-decompression if the following conditions are present:
Typically, the procedure’s results are less favorable if performed after three to six months from the onset of a patient’s pain, so it’s common for doctors to advise patients to not wait too long before having the procedure.
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If you are experiencing leg pain because of a herniated disc, a lumbar micro-decompression may be a viable option for pain treatment. Scheduling an appointment with an experienced spine specialist is the best way to discuss your options and determine if this procedure is right for you. At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, our surgeons offer expert diagnoses and personalized treatment plans. Our experienced and board-certified surgeons and specialists work together to treat spine and back disorders with minimally invasive techniques. Our doctors understand that every person is unique and requires an individualized treatment plan.
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