This minimally-invasive procedure relieves pressure on nerve roots caused by a herniated disc. It can eliminate the pain of sciatica.
In preparation for the procedure, you are
anesthetized. The surgeon creates a small incision
in the skin of your back. The muscles and tissues
are pushed aside to allow access to your spine.
The surgeon creates a small window in the lamina.
This is a portion of vertebral bone that covers your
spinal canal. The surgeon places instruments
through this window.
The spinal nerves are gently moved aside, and the
surgeon clears away the herniated portion of the
vertebral disc. This relieves painful pressure on the
nerves. The rest of the disc is left in place, where it
will continue to cushion the vertebrae.
End of Procedure
When the procedure is complete, the instruments
are removed and the incision is closed. Your
surgeon will give you specific instructions to help