How Is the Surgery Performed?
During a microdiscectomy, a small incision will be made directly over the affected disc. A lighted microscope will help your surgeon see the affected area. The surgeon may remove a small portion of bone that protects the root nerve. With a scissor-like tool, your surgeon will remove the damaged herniated tissue relieving the pressure on the nerve. The spinal nerve now has the space it needs inside the spinal column, so any pain caused by pinching on the nerve should stop.
The recovery time is shorter than other, more invasive procedures. Most people can expect to leave the hospital that same day, or within 24 hours.
You’ll likely meet with a physical therapist and occupational therapist before leaving the hospital. These therapists will give you instructions on how to reduce the bending, lifting, and twisting you do with your back.
Although you won’t be able to resume to normal activities immediately, your lifestyle shouldn’t be greatly impacted. For the first week or two, you may need to reduce your workload or be absent from work while you recover. You’ll also need to avoid lifting heavy objects for two to four weeks after the surgery.
What Is the Cost?
Because a microdiscectomy is a specialized surgery that requires a surgeon with special training, it can be more expensive than other back surgeries. Prices for the surgery vary and can range anywhere from $5,000 to $7,000. This price may not include any follow-up visits or care.