The minimally invasive far lateral lumbar discectomy is a procedure used to treat patients suffering from far lateral intervertebral disc herniation.
Unlike the traditional open alternative, the minimally invasive far lateral lumbar discectomy is performed through a small incision, avoiding the extensive muscle dissection and surgical trauma associated with the open back procedure.
Our minimally invasive far lateral lumbar discectomy is a safe and effective alternative, and includes benefits such as:
- Reduced risk of infection and complication
- Shorter overall recovery
- Minimal scarring or muscle damage
- Shorter or no hospital stay
- Small incision
What is our minimally invasive far lateral lumbar discectomy?
Our minimally invasive far lateral lumbar discectomy is a decompression procedure performed through a small incision. To perform the procedure, our surgeons use a series of dilating tubes to avoid excessive cutting and tearing of the surrounding muscles.
Once the surgeon has reached the area of the herniation of disc damage, he will carefully extract the disc.
At this point, our skilled surgeons are able to inserting a spacer or artificial bone material into the space, adding additional height to the space, preventing further compression.
Common spine conditions treated by our minimally invasive lumbar laminectomy/discectomy?
The minimally invasive far lateral lumbar discectomy is used to treat far lateral disc herniation in the intervertebral facet. This is most commonly caused by the intervertebral disc protruding or extruding within the foramen. This causes severe and chronic compression, that can lead to a number of debilitating symptoms.
This type of herniation may be occurring in patients diagnosed with the following conditions:
- Bulging discs
- Herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Pinched Nerve
If you are suffering from these or other conditions, you may be able to find relief through our minimally invasive far lateral lumbar discectomy.
Common symptoms relieved by our minimally invasive far lateral lumbar discectomy?
Living life in chronic pain is draining, even the simplest activities can seem mountainous. At the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute we understand the pain that you are experiencing, which is why we are committed to offering state-of-the-art procedures like our minimally invasive far lateral lumbar discectomy to treat symptoms such as:
- Inability to move without pain
- Numbness in legs or feet
- Loss of control or motion
- Radiating pain
- Localized pain
Dr. Bryce Benbow has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.