Herniated disc treatment with surgery is often very straightforward operation. The goal is to simply go in and remove the fragment of disc that is pressing on the nerve.
But, there can still be risks.
Seems Simple Enough
Your surgeon will make a small incision and dissect down to where the herniated disc fragment is located.
He can move small muscles to the side and he may need to remove some bone to expose the disc herniation.
This surgery is often performed using a microscope for better visibility.
When your surgeon can see the piece of disc that is causing the problem he can use the small specialized instruments to remove it.
After removing the disc fragment your surgeon will examine the nerves to assess any damage that may have occurred and the surgery is over.
He will remove his instruments and close the skin with sutures or staples.
There is always the risk of bleeding or infection when you have surgery. However, with this type of surgery these risks are very low.
The more worrisome risk is the risk of nerve damage. This can occur because the surgeon is working in a very small area next to delicate nerves. Nerve damage can also occur from the disc herniation itself injuring a nerve.
Nerves can be very slow to heal and it may be several months after surgery before you can decide if you have any permanent nerve damage.
The Benefits of this Surgery
The benefits of surgery are pain relief and a return to normal activity. But it will take time. You will need to recover from surgery and the nerves will need to heal.
Unless you have other medical problems your surgeon will most likely encourage you to get up and walk the day after surgery. How fast you recover will depend on your general health and the exact circumstances surrounding your surgery. Everybody will be different.
What You Should Do
If you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc you should always start with the most conservative herniated disc treatments unless your symptoms are severe.
When you have a herniated disc your doctor can help you decide which treatments are appropriate for you. He will consider your overall health, any other medical problems you may have, and the severity of your symptoms.
It is important that you understand your options so that you can take an active role in determining the treatment that is best for you.