Herniated discs in the lumbar spine are one of the most common causes of lower back pain. The protruding intervertebral disc can put pressure on spinal nerve roots, resulting in chronic pain in the back and possibly through the buttocks and leg. A discectomy is a surgical repair for herniated intervertebral discs. A microdiscectomy uses smaller instruments to remove herniated disc material with fewer risks to the patient. At Trinity Surgery Center, we offer lumbar microdiscectomy surgery using minimally-invasive techniques at our surgery center in San Jose, CA.

How It Works

Lumbar microdiscectomy uses a tiny incision near the herniated disc to access the lumbar spine. A retractor is used to allow access to the vertebrae and herniated intervertebral disc. There is minimal damage done to the surrounding tissues using this small incision and minimally-invasive method. An operating microscope is used to view the herniated disc through the small incision. Tiny surgical tools are used to remove the herniated disc material that is pressing on the spinal nerve roots. The surgical area is sterilized, and the incision is closed once the herniated disc is repaired.

What to Expect

Most lumbar microdiscectomy surgeries are performed under general anesthesia, and you may be on a ventilator during your surgery. Since the surgical incision is made on the lower back, patients will be lying prone (face down) on a special operating table. Most lumbar microdiscectomy procedures are about one hour in length. Once you wake from the anesthesia, you will be monitored for any adverse reactions before you are released to continue your recovery at home.

Microdiscectomy can offer relief for patients suffering from chronic pain caused by a lumbar herniated disc. Our medical staff and advanced medical equipment at Trinity Surgery Center in San Jose can ensure the best possible outcome for your minimally-invasive discectomy surgery. Contact us today.