A discectomy is a surgical procedure in which Dr. Bertram removes a portion of your disc to alleviate nerve irritation and pain.
A herniated or bulging disc is one that is squeezed out beyond its usual space between your vertebrae, irritating the surrounding nerves. The gel-like substance within the disc may also leak out, which causes nerve irritation, as well.
Dr. Bertram performs endoscopic discectomy on an outpatient basis under sedation or general anesthesia. By using a small tube inserted through a truly minimally invasive 8mm incision, Dr. Bertram accesses your damaged disc and removes the small amount of tissue that's pressing on your nerve or irritating it.
Dr. Bertram performs discectomies on your lumbar spine, usually to alleviate sciatica pain. Typically, good candidates for this type of a procedure are:
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for back pain, and Dr. Bertram treats each patient as a separate case.
After reviewing your past and current health, as well as performing a thorough physical evaluation, Dr. Bertram sits down with you to come up with a treatment plan that’s best for your situation, which may include a discectomy.
Thanks to advanced surgical techniques, Dr. Bertram can perform a discectomy on an outpatient basis with minimal tissue damage. As a result, there’s far less risk of infection, chronically painful scar on your nerves, or collateral damage to muscles/bones/joints that are associated with traditional open surgeries.
That said, it’s still surgery, and you may experience some pain, redness, and swelling at the site of the incision. These usually resolve themselves within a few days after your procedure.
After your discectomy, you should expect to limit your movements for an agreed-upon amount of time, only gradually introducing exercise.
Dr. Bertram may recommend physical therapy or at-home exercises that go a long way toward helping your back heal properly, strengthening your surrounding muscles at the same time.
To find out whether a discectomy is right for you, call Martin Bertram, MD, or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation.
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