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Herniated disc is one of popular spine problems, often leading to spinal stenosis (nerve pain caused by narrowing of one's spinal nerves by herniated disc) or pain in one of the patient’s limbs, known as sciatica. Such a pain is hard to withstand in the long run and doctors suggest a herniated disc treatment such as discectomy or, more and more often – microdiscectomy. During microdiscectomy, doctors attempt to curb the bulged part of herniated disc. This procedure, although sophisticated and focused on such a delicate area as human’s spine, is well-studied and practiced for many years. For this reason, more and more patients decide to undergo microdiscectomy abroad to not spend an excessive amount of money on private healthcare in their home countries.

Microdiscectomy Candidates

All patients with herniated disc pain are candidates for microdiscectomy. However, a pain in lumbar spine or (sometimes) neck is not a sufficient indicator of herniated disc problem. It is necessary to undergo a series of tests, including MRI and doctor’s examination. Only then, the possibility of other spine problems can be excluded and the patient can prepare for microdiscectomy.

Am I Suitable for Microdiscectomy?

If you do have herniated disc pain and your doctor diagnosed a herniated disc, you are eligible for microdiscectomy procedure. However, if you have a herniated disc but do not experience pain, it is better to discuss non-surgical solutions with your specialist.

Preparing for Microdiscectomy

It is advised to stop smoking before microdiscectomy operation. Healthy diet and exercises are also an option, assuming that your herniated disc pain does not prevent you from them. Additionally, it is recommended to not eat for around six hours before your microdiscectomy.

How is Microdiscectomy Performed?

Microdiscectomy is performed usually under full anaesthesia. Patient lies face down in order to expose the spine. Similarly to lumbar decompression treatment, the doctor performs a small incision to uncover spine muscles. The size of the incision is what differentiates traditional discectomy from microdiscectomy. Thanks to the use of a microscope or the other optical tools, in microdiscectomy an incision can be really small. Then, spine muscles are put aside and doctor attempts to reach the herniated disc. Sometimes in order to do so, the specialist needs to conduct laminotomy (a removal of small part of one’s vertebrae). Having reached the herniated disc in question, the doctor cuts its herniated part in order to relieve pain and restore normal functioning of spinal nerves. As the last step of microdiscectomy. muscles are restored to their previous place and incision is closed.

Microdiscectomy Summary

Duration of Operation

1-2 hours

Number of Trips Abroad

1

Hospital Stay

Patient may spend one night in hospital

Back to Work

Up to the patient

Microdiscectomy Recovery

While many other surgeries require at least a few days of resting, microdiscectomy allows a patient to walk out of the hospital within hours after the herniated disc operation. More than that – microdiscectomy recovery time should be rather active one – patients are encouraged to continue their daily activities. Still, it does not mean that right after this lower back surgery you can behave like nothing happened. Microdiscectomy recovery time should be used to gradually resume your activities such as work and exercises in order to avoid complications and give your incision time to heal properly.

Microdiscectomy Risks and Complications

While microdiscectomy is a relatively safe lower back surgery, there are certain risks related to it. The most popular one is a so-called dural tear when cerebrospinal fluid starts to leak. However, one or two days of rest should solve this problem. Other, much rarer occurrences related to microdiscectomy include infection, internal or external bleeding, damage to patient’s nerves, thrombosis in patient’s leg or problems with bowels or bladder. However, these are extremely rare and can be dealt with by specialists who helped you with herniated disc.

Microdiscectomy Side Effects

There are no direct side effects of microdiscectomy procedure. However, it is possible that herniated disc pain will not pass, then a next lower back surgery will be needed. Yet another possibility is a future recurrence of herniated disc, necessitating another microdiscectomy.

Microdiscectomy Success Rates

Microdiscectomy success rate is thought to be rather high, around 85%, which is a really good sign remembering how fragile area is human’s spine.

Before and After Microdiscectomy

If herniated disc had caused sciatica – pain in your limbs, it should pass right after a microdiscectomy. As for spinal stenosis and other problems causing pain in your lower back, the pain may pass gradually.

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Microdiscectomy Cost

Average Microdiscectomy costs are € 5,338, based on Microdiscectomy prices from 18 clinics. Cheapest Microdiscectomy cost is € 3,000 where Microdiscectomy prices can go up to € 7,009.

Microdiscectomy prices vary greatly depending on the clinic and the location. For example, Microdiscectomy in Turkey is a popular option where Microdiscectomy costs as low as € 3,000.

Please note that the Microdiscectomy prices listed on FlyMedi are the average price for Microdiscectomy procedures. Clinics may ask you to provide them with specific information about your medical condition in order to provide you a detailed cost estimate for Microdiscectomy procedures. To receive a personalized Microdiscectomy quote, please click HERE.

Microdiscectomy FAQ

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I Have Herniated Disc? Do I Need a Microdiscectomy?

The most important aspect in estimating whether you need a microdiscectomy is herniated disc pain. If you don’t experience it, you probably won’t need a microdiscectomy.

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Why is Microdiscectomy Thought to Be Better than Normal Discectomy?

Microdiscectomy’s advantage is in the size of incision – the smaller incision, the sooner it heals and the smaller is a possibility of occurrence of infection. For this reason, microdiscectomy is more popular among patients and doctors.

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Microdiscectomy Recovery Time – Should I Spend It in Bed?

No, definitely not. Microdiscectomy recovery time should be dedicated to a gradual resumption of your previous lifestyle, without putting too much stress on your spine.