What is the average recovery time for a discectomy?

What is the average recovery time for a discectomy?

The overall lumbar discectomy recovery time is approximately 4 to 6 weeks, but you may be feeling back to normal well before that time. Be sure to work closely with your doctor to understand how your specific lumbar discectomy recovery time should progress.

How long of a surgery is a discectomy?

A microdiscectomy is performed through the back, so the patient lies face down on the operating table for the surgery. General anesthesia is used, and the procedure usually takes about one to two hours.

How long does an endoscopic discectomy take?

A lumbar endoscopic discectomy takes about 1 hour to perform.

How painful is a discectomy?

A lumbar discectomy is completely painless as it is done under anesthesia. The patient will feel nothing except the pinprick of the injection needle. Post-surgery, there is likely to be some amount of stiffness and pain that can be relieved with painkillers.

What is the success rate of endoscopic discectomy?

2 Micro-endoscopic lumbar discectomy. EDS for lumbar spine disc herniation is a well-known but developing field, which is increasingly spreading in the last few years. Micro-discectomy and minimally invasive discectomy decrease surgical exposure and trauma and have success rates of approximately 90%.

How do you sleep after a discectomy?

When it comes to sleep, the best way to reduce pain and your risk of developing a post-procedural complication is to sleep on your back with a pillow placed under your knees. This provides the cervical and thoracic spine with much-needed support, which may ease your post-surgery pain.

When can I bend after discectomy?

Most lumbar microdiscectomy patients are able to go home from the hospital a few hours after the surgery. The traditional approach to recovering from lumbar microdiscectomy has been to limit bending, lifting, or twisting for a minimum of 6 weeks in order to prevent the disc from herniating again.

How common is it to Reherniate a disc?

Reherniation is the most common complication after lumbar discectomy. In fact, 7-18 percent2 of discectomy patients experience recurrent disc herniation.

Is endoscopic discectomy safe?

Endoscopic discectomy by Destandau’s technique for lumbar prolapsed intervertebral disc in properly selected patients is a safe and minimally invasive technique. Patients are mobilized early and are comfortable after surgery because of reduced pain.