A lumbar percutaneous diskectomy is performed for the removal of offending disk fragments in a minimally invasive manner. The procedure has a number of benefits including a quicker return to normal activities, less post-op pain, less damage to muscle tissue and skin, an easier rehab, smaller scars and less blood loss.
With the patient asleep, the surgeon is guided by an x-ray fluoroscopic view, and a guide wire is placed in the appropriate location over the herniated disk. Dilators are then placed over the inserted guide wire in progressively larger sizes. A tube is placed over the dilator, which is then removed with fluoroscopy used to confirm the appropriate positioning. The offending disk fragments are then removed through the tube. The tube is then removed and the skin incision is neatly closed.
This description is a general overview. Your Buffalo Neurosurgery Group doctor will provide the details of the correct procedure for you. He will also explain the health benefits, risks and special pre and post-op care instructions.
Posted on Mon, October 13, 2014
by Greg Neundorfer