Many patients experience leg pain due to a disc herniation. As long as the pain is tolerable and the patient can function adequately, it is usually advisable to see if the pain will resolve with non-surgical treatments rather than undergo back surgery. If the leg pain does not get better with nonsurgical treatments, then a microdiscectomy surgery is a reasonable option to relieve pressure on the nerve root and speed the healing.
A microdiscectomy is typically recommended for patients who have:
- Experienced leg pain for at least six weeks
- Not found sufficient pain relief with conservative treatment (such as oral steroids, NSAIDs, and physical therapy).
Microdiscectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove all or part of a ruptured or herniated disc cushion. This cushion is removed through a smaller incision, by way of a surgical instrument or laser while using an operating microscope or loupe for magnification, with less dissection than standard open lumbar discectomy.