Advanced Spinal Care at the Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine
When it comes to advanced spinal care, the Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine is at the forefront, providing cutting-edge treatments like microdiscectomy. With our dedication to minimally invasive procedures, we offer patients in Edison, Shrewsbury, and Toms River, New Jersey, the highest level of precise orthopedic care. It is our mission to avoid surgery when possible, but to offer patients the most advanced surgical techniques when needed. Your care plan is always entirely unique to your needs and your orthopedists, Steve Paragioudakis, MD, and Marc S. Menkowitz, MD take the time to get to know you and your needs, make an accurate diagnosis, and enact a highly effective treatment plan. Their goal? Your total rehabilitation and freedom from pain.
Understanding Microdiscectomy: A Modern Approach to Spinal Surgery
Recent surgical advancements have introduced new tools and techniques to spinal surgeons, enhancing the effectiveness of procedures like discectomies. Microdiscectomy, a modern approach, follows the same operative principles as traditional discectomy but with several significant advantages.
Key Benefits of Microdiscectomy
1. Minimal Incision
Microdiscectomy requires only a small incision in the back, significantly smaller than traditional surgery. This minimizes scarring and reduces the risk of post-operative complications.
2. Preservation of Surrounding Structures
Unlike some older techniques, microdiscectomy is designed to minimize the risk of damage to nearby parts of the spine. This precision ensures that only the affected disc material is addressed, leaving healthy structures intact.
3. Faster Recovery
Patients who undergo microdiscectomy often experience faster recovery times compared to traditional surgery. The minimally invasive nature of the procedure allows for a quicker return to daily activities.
The Microdiscectomy Procedure
During a microdiscectomy, your skilled orthopedic surgeon starts by making a small incision in the patient's back, precisely above the area where the disc is herniated. Muscles are gently moved aside to access the vertebrae. To provide an unparalleled view of the surgical field, a microscope is carefully positioned in the small incision. The subsequent steps of the procedure closely resemble those of traditional discectomy. They involve:
1. Lamina Removal
A portion of the lamina, the bony covering over the spinal canal, is removed to access the affected area.
2. Nerve Protection
The surgeon takes great care to protect the nerves surrounding the herniated disc, ensuring their safety throughout the procedure.
3. Herniated Disc Removal
Any herniated, damaged disc material that is pressing on the nerves is meticulously removed, relieving pressure and addressing the source of pain.
Swift Recovery and Hospital Stay
One of the significant advantages of microdiscectomy is the remarkably short hospital stay. Most patients can expect to spend just a day or less in the hospital, minimizing disruption to their daily lives.
At the Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine, our team is committed to providing patient-centered care. We understand that each patient's journey to recovery is unique, and our goal is to ensure a seamless experience from diagnosis to post-operative care.
You Deserve Pain Relief and Better Mobility
If you're experiencing persistent back pain or have been diagnosed with a herniated disc, microdiscectomy may be the solution you've been looking for.
Contact us at the Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine today to schedule a consultation with our experienced orthopedic team. We are happy to welcome you to the very best orthopedic care that New Jersey has to offer: the gold standard.
Let us help you embark on your journey back to your busy life, free from pain through advanced microdiscectomy and comprehensive spinal care.