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Thank you for considering our practice for your upcoming procedure. We understand that surgery can be overwhelming, but we are committed to providing you with the information and care you need to feel confident and prepared for your procedure. Here is what you can expect before, during, and after your surgery.

About the Procedure

What is a Lumbar Discectomy?

A lumbar discectomy procedure is a type of spinal surgery that is used to treat a herniated or bulging disc in the lower back. This procedure is unique from lumbar fusion or arthroplasty in that it does not involve the replacement of the damaged disc with a bone graft or artificial disc. Instead, the goal of the surgery is to remove the portion of the disc that is causing pressure on the nerves in the spine.

Before the procedure:

Before your surgery, you will meet with your surgeon to discuss the procedure and ask any questions you may have. You may need to stop taking certain medications, such as blood thinners, and fast for a certain period of time before your surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare for your procedure.

During the procedure:

The lumbar discectomy procedure will be performed under general anesthesia, which means you will be asleep and won't feel any pain during the surgery. Your surgeon will make a small incision in your lower back to access the affected area of your spine. They will then use specialized tools to remove the portion of the disc that is pressing on the nerves in your spine. The goal of the surgery is to relieve the pressure on the nerves and reduce any associated pain or weakness.

After the procedure:

After your surgery, you will be closely monitored in the recovery room until you are awake and stable enough to be moved to a hospital room. You may need to stay in the hospital for a few days to recover, depending on the specifics of your surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your incision, manage any pain or discomfort, and gradually resume your normal activities.

We hope this information has been helpful in preparing you for your lumbar discectomy procedure. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We are here to support you throughout your entire journey to recovery.

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