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When a Discectomy May Be Necessary

This procedure is typically considered for patients experiencing symptoms like severe back or leg pain, numbness, or weakness due to nerve compression. Conditions leading to these symptoms include herniated discs, where disc material compresses nerve roots, and degenerative disc disease, where disc deterioration causes nerve irritation.

In cases where non-surgical treatments such as medications, physical therapy, or injections fail to provide adequate relief, a discectomy may be the next step.

The Surgical Procedure

During a discectomy, the patient is placed under general anesthesia. Using minimally invasive techniques, a small incision is made near the affected disc. The portion of the disc pressing on the nerve is carefully removed, often alleviating pressure and pain. The incision is then carefully closed with sutures or staples.

The procedure is typically done on an outpatient basis, meaning patients can go home the same day.

Excel Health’s Approach

At Excel Health, we are committed to utilizing minimally invasive, cutting-edge techniques in discectomies. Our approach includes:

  • Advanced Imaging: To accurately identify the affected disc and plan the procedure.
  • Minimally Invasive Techniques: Smaller incisions, less muscle disruption, and quicker recovery times.
  • Personalized Care: Each surgery is tailored to the patient’s specific condition and needs.

Post-surgical Care and Recovery:

Recovery time varies, but patients generally can expect a period ranging from a few weeks to a couple of months. Physical therapy plays a crucial role in regaining strength and flexibility. Regular follow-up appointments are essential to monitor healing and progress.

At Excel Health, our dedicated team of specialists is committed to providing comprehensive care, from initial consultation through recovery, ensuring a smooth and successful journey back to optimal health.