Discectomy

A discectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove a portion of a bulging or herniated disc which is pressing on the spinal cord and/or spinal nerve roots, causing pain, radiculitis (pain that radiates to the extremities), numbness, tingling or weakness.

Intervertebral discs act as shock-absorbing cushions between vertebrae, the column of bones in the spine. Each disc has a thick outer layer, called the annulus, which surrounds a gel-like center, called the nucleus. When a disc becomes damaged or slips out of position, it may bulge, or herniate, and press abnormally on spinal nerves or, in some cases, the spinal cord, causing pain and inflammation.

a spine surgeon performing a pediculectomy

A discectomy involves a small incision through which a series of tubes, developed and patented by The Bonati Spine Institute, are inserted to view the surgical area using endoscopic assistance. Specialized surgical instruments are passed through the tubular system to remove the portion of the disc that is compressing the nerve root or spinal cord. The Bonati Spine Procedures may include a discectomy as part of an array of procedures performed based on the physical condition of the disc and associated symptoms.

The Bonati Spine Procedures do not use general anesthesia. Through the use of conscious IV sedation and local anesthesia the patient is comfortable, responsive, and able to provide feedback to the doctors throughout the procedure. This allows our surgeons to target the source of pain with pinpoint accuracy. While in the operating room, the surgical team will confirm the patient is able to complete a series of mobility exercises and verify that the pain has been successfully treated. After the procedure, the patient is transferred to the post-operative care unit for rest and observation, and then a post-operative consultation with the surgeon will help determine if additional procedures included in the surgical plan are necessary. Follow-up surgeries are usually scheduled within a few days of the first surgery, to allow any swelling to subside. During this time, the patient will be given a regimen of walking therapy.

Are You A Candidate For The Bonati Spine Discectomy?

A discectomy may be appropriate for patients suffering from these conditions:

Contact The Bonati Spine Institute today and speak with a Patient Advocate to answer your questions.

The Bonati Spine Institute offers MRI or CT Scan reviews for qualified patients suffering from chronic pain which can be caused by a variety of spine problems. A surgeon will provide feedback and possible treatment options, for suitable Bonati Spine Procedures candidates. Request an MRI review now.

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