Lumbar discectomy – Microdiscectomy
Microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive approach to a discectomy for a prolapsed or slipped disc.
If a piece of disc material prolapses, protrudes, bulges or slips out from the disc and pushes on the nerves then sometimes an operation is needed to remove that part of the disc.
Initially we try non-operative measures such as pain killers, cortisone (steroid) injections and Physiotherapy. If these don’t work then a Microdiscectomy is sometimes required.
Microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive form of Spine Surgery that involves a small cut and with the aid of special instruments and magnification Professor Papantoniou approaches the fragment and removes the piece that is pushing on the nerve root.
As ‘microsurgery‘ this involves less trauma to the surrounding muscles and in combination with Professor Papantoniou’s Local Infiltration Analgesia advanced pain relief technique allows patients to get up and walk around approxiamately 4 hours after the surgery, eat and drink on return to the ward and almost all fit healthy patients can go home the next morning.
Microdicectomy is an excellent procedure for relieving leg pain caused from a piece of disc material pushing on nerve roots.
A/Professor Papantoniou treats disorders of the Adult Lumbar Spine.
At different stages in our lives various lumbar spine problems can occur.
In the young adult acute disc prolapses (slipped discs) can occur. These are often found in manual workers.
As we get older other problems can present themselves.
Arthritis can occur in the spine, as well as other parts of the skeleton. Facet joint arthritis or disc problems can lead to lower back pain or eventually spinal canal stenosis.
Instability of the lumbar spine can occur for various reasons from facet joint arthritis to pars interarticularis defects.
A/Professor Papantoniou treats these degenerative disorders of the Adult Lumbar Spine individually as is appropriate for each patient and their condition.
Often time and non-operartive measures such as diet, exercise, physiotherapy and cortisone (steroid) injections will be able to control the pain without requiring surgery.
Please follow the links for descriptions of the terms above and some of the procedures A/Professor Papantoniou offers. Lumbar disc prolapses (slipped discs) when a weakness of the disc occurs due to age, wear and tear or trauma such as a work injury the centre part of the disc (nucleus) or the thick rim of the disc can bulge out putting pressure on the nerve.