Microscopic Decompression – Frisco, TX
OrthoTexas, Frisco comprises a team of orthopedic surgeons and physicians, specializing in treating various medical conditions of the spine. They use advanced techniques to perform surgeries to help patients restore normal functioning of the spine.

Microscopic Decompression

Microscopic Decompression or Microdiscectomy is a surgical process performed to remove a part of the spinal bone or tissue to relieve the symptoms of Sciatica and Disc Herniation. It is a minimally invasive procedure that provides almost immediate relief from the symptoms. This surgery is conducted by either an orthopedic or a neurosurgeon. It is recommended to undergo the surgical treatment within 3-4 months of the onset of the symptoms for best results. This process causes minimal or no damage to the spinal muscles/ tissues and is therefore very safe.

Who is a candidate for Microscopic Decompression?

  • Persistent pain, numbness and discomfort in the legs, feet, thighs, arms, hands and fingers
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Inability to perform basic tasks in daily life
  • Patients suffering from Herniated Disc or Sciatica
  • Non-surgical methods of treatment have failed to improve the condition for more than 6 weeks
  • Tumor in lungs or other body parts may have spread and affected the spine
  • Fractures, injuries and infections may have caused compression and inflammation in the spine

Microscopic Decompression: The Procedure

Microscopic decompression may be carried out either as an open surgery or through endoscopy. The following methods are employed in general.

  • A series of preliminary tests are conducted to assess the patient’s condition before deciding upon the time and mode of surgery. The patient is advised not to eat or drink during the 6-8 hours before surgery
  • The patient is made to lie face down and general anesthesia is administered
  • The entire process may last for 2-4 hours
  • A small incision is made in the back along the midline
  • The muscles covering the bony structure of the spine are moved aside using retractors
  • A membrane that covers the nerve roots, called ligamentum flavum, is removed and a microscope is used to view the nerves
  • Laminectomy- a part of the vertebral bone may be removed to access the deep seated nerves or other parts of the spine
  • Special instruments are used to remove the disc material by reaching out to them below the delicate nerve roots
  • Spinal fusion of the bones may also be done using a bone graft or metal parts for additional stability of the spine
  • The muscles are then moved back to their place and the incision is closed with sutures and staples
  • The point of incision is covered with Steri-strips
  • No other structure in the spinal cavity is touched or disturbed during the process

Recovery from Microscopic Decompression

The patient may take a couple of weeks or a few months to recover fully depending on the condition.

  • It is an outpatient procedure and the patient is required to stay at the hospital only for a few hours post operation. Overnight stay may be recommended only in some cases
  • The patient is advised to start walking after a few hours
  • Medications and a set of instructions for post-surgical care are given by the doctor
  • Regular follow ups at the clinic may be required
  • Activity modification may be recommended both at home and workplace
  • Physical therapy is essential
  • The patient may expect to return to their normal level of activity within 8-12 weeks post-surgery

Visit the surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco for effective spine surgeries. To schedule an appointment, call at (214) 618 – 5502.