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A percutaneous diskectomy is a surgical procedure that involves removal of disc material that may be causing spinal cord or nerve root irritation and inflammation. A diskectomy is typically performed on bulging, herniated, or protruding discs. There are many approaches to performing diskectomy but most often it can be done through a minimally invasive procedure.
When to consider discectomy
As with any surgical procedure a discectomy should only be considered when measures of conservative care have failed. Often times in the acute phase of symptom onset a bulging or herniated disc can heal on its own through rest and rehabilitation. If symptoms persist and imaging such as an MRI or CT Scan identifies that the patient is suffering from bulging or herniated discs than a CT Scan can be considered.
Recovery from percutaneous discectomy
Patients who have undergone discectomy through a minimally invasive approach will often feel relief quickly following surgery. With soft tissue, however, it is very important to pay close attention to the post-operative guidelines and lifting restrictions per the doctor’s orders to prevent the possibilities of re-herniating the disc. Return to work will depend on the patient, the extent of the procedure performed, and job description.