There are different levels of severity for a herniated disc. Experts always suggest that you undergo all Herniated Disc Treatment options first before considering herniated disc surgery. If you have gone through all the treatment processes and feel that your quality of life has been diminished to nothing and you live life with constant excruciating pain, then surgery will be the next step to take.
Herniated Disc Surgery Procedure
Herniated disc surgery is a procedure known as a disectomy. A disectomy is a when surgeon creates an incision in the back, about 1.0 to 1.5 inches, and removes part of the disc that is pinching the nerve. The surgeon may remove a little more of the damaged disk to prevent any recurrences. The disc surgery is performed with the patient lying on his stomach and takes about 1 to 2 hours while the patient is put under general anesthesia.
Herniated Disc Surgery Recovery Time
Recovery time can take anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks. People who had pain in their legs and fee usually feel an improvement right away after the surgery. There will be back pain after the surgery, but your doctor will prescribe pain medication during the healing process. After the surgery, you will most likely be kept hospitalized for 1 to 2 days. When you are released walking and sitting are encouraged. Exercise, bending, and twisting should NOT be performed for several weeks, or until your doctors says it’s okay.
Herniated Disc Surgery Complications
Possible issues that can come about after herniated disc surgery are infection, spinal fluid leak, bleeding, and herniation of the disc again. Hospitalization and surgery may be required to fix these issues. Most people will not experience these complications. Generally, most people will feel little to no symptoms of what they had prior to the herniated disc surgery and will experience no complications during the recovery time.