Microscopic discectomy – disc surgery under the microscope
Definition of the Microscopic discectomy
Microscopic discectomy is the state of the art surgical treatment of disc prolapses, regardless of the prolapsed disc’s size and location.
The surgical procedure to remove the prolapsed disc is conducted by entering the spinal canal from the backside in the lumbar and thoracic spine, whereas in the cervical spine the procedure is conducted from the front.
Patients can leave the hospital within a few days. Mostly, rehabilitation or physiotherapy is not necessary, as patients will be instructed in exercises and behaviour during their hospital stay.
Four weeks after surgery, the first out-clinic appointment will be held, where further instructions are given.
Working Ability and leisure behaviour
Generally, returning to work will be possible after three to four weeks. Heavy labour or sport activities will be possible after four to six weeks.