Minimally Invasive Procedure: Microdiscectomy

Dr. Mudit Sharma, MD, FAANS, FACS was one of the first Neurosurgeons in Northern Virginia to perform a minimally invasive microdiscectomy and decompression. Using a band aid incision and minimal dissection, he is able to remove herniated discs in an outpatient procedure.

Most disc ruptures resolve gradually without surgical intervention, but certain cases may warrant immediate surgical attention. The reasons can include major loss of mobility, bowel or bladder function, with the most common reason being extreme pain that hasn’t been alleviated through non-invasive measures.

Microdiscectomies are most effective at treating the radiating pain that occurs often in the buttocks or legs. While this pain can be treated without surgical intervention, a microdiscectomy will offer the fastest and most effective healing times.

This procedure has 85 to 95 percent success rate in relieving pain in the aforementioned regions. Alleviation will typically come immediately following the procedure, although it may take up to six to eight weeks for complete relief.
Please call us for questions regarding the specific treatment of your symptoms.