Minimally Invasive Microdiscectomy
A pinched nerve can sometimes heal itself, but if you experience ongoing pain due to a pinched nerve in the spine, and it’s become difficult to treat the pain, your doctor may suggest that you have a minimally invasive microdiscectomy.
This procedure is specifically for pain caused by a pinched nerve from a herniated lumbar disc. During this operation, you’ll be under general anesthesia, and your doctor will make a small incision, typically less than one inch, in the lower part of your back or neck. From there, the surgeon makes a type of “window” in the bone, which is called a laminotomy, in order to gain access to the overlying nerve root and herniated disc.
The herniated portion of your disc is removed, as well as any additional abnormal portion of the intervertebral disc. This allows the nerve root to return to its normal position and orientation, eliminating the “pinch” that was the cause of your pain.