Experts at Performing Lumbar Disc Surgery for Spinal Pain in Raleigh, North Carolina
What Can Lumbar Disc Surgery Treat?
Persistent pain in your low back or leg caused by spinal disc problems, including herniated disc or ruptured disc – can be frustrating because it limits your ability to move and do things you enjoy. To manage your low back (lumbar) problem, you may have followed your doctor’s conservative treatment plan – rest, medication, physical therapy, and exercise. But, despite your best efforts, the pain won’t go away.
What Can I Expect from Lumbar Disc Surgery?
Surgery can help relieve the pain caused by a lower disc problem. Discectomy is often used, which is the surgical removal of the portion of the disc that’s putting pressure on a nerve and causing pain in the back or leg.
Your surgeon may recommend a classic discectomy, or a micro-discectomy. The basic differences between these are the size of the incisions, how your surgeon reaches your disc, and how much of the disc is removed. Both require a hospital stay of one to two days.
Hear from patients who’ve been successfully treated for herniated disc at Raleigh Neurosurgical Clinic.
What Can I Expect After Lumbar Disc Surgery?
Recovering from back pain and surgery is an ongoing process. How fast you recover depends on the type of surgery you had, your commitment to working closely with your physical therapist, and moving and exercising correctly, as recommended by your surgeon. It may take six months or longer before your back is completely healed.
You and your surgeon will continue to work together during your recovery. Before you leave the hospital, your surgeon may schedule follow-up visits with you, so that he or she can evaluate your progress, advise you about your activity level, and adjust any medications, if necessary. Your doctor may also recommend follow-up tests to make sure that you are healing properly.
Make an Appointment
To have one of our neurosurgeons assess your low back pain and see if you might be a good candidate for lumbar disc surgery, make an appointment today.