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Back pain is often a condition that negatively impacts every aspect of your life, making day-to-day activities sometimes impossible. It can become unbearable to the point that surgery is a welcome solution. However, spinal surgery does not have to be the scary and overwhelming treatment that it was in the past. Minimally invasive surgery performed by Dr. Fischer can change all of that.

What type of back pain does this procedure treat?
Degenerative disc diseases, like bulging or herniated discs, are common. The problem can even occur naturally over time as the spine degenerates with age. With weight and motion, discs can become compressed or damaged and cause significant pain and immobility. Minimally invasive microdiscectomy is a surgical procedure to correct degenerative disc diseases.

What does minimally invasive microdiscectomy do?
The goal of this surgery is to eliminate the damaged part of the disc so that pressure on the nearby nerve root is released. This, in turn, relieves the symptoms related to the damaged disc.

What are the advantages of minimally invasive microdiscectomy?
In years past, the only surgical option for degenerative disc diseases was a traditional discectomy. It required a large incision for the surgeon to remove a portion of the disc, a process which often damages nearby muscles and tissues. A minimally invasive microdiscectomy provides a safe and effective way to repair the disc without harming other areas. This translates into less blood loss, lower infection risk, less scarring, shorter hospital stays, and quicker recovery time. Patients have a higher satisfaction rate with minimally invasive microdiscectomy compared to the traditional method.

How can I find out if I need this procedure?
If you’ve been having back pain or other related symptoms, you may have a herniated or bulging disc. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Fischer at NYC at NYU Langone Medical Center for an evaluation. It’s likely that more conservative treatments will be tried first, but if those don’t eliminate your symptoms, minimally invasive microdiscectomy may be the best treatment option. Then you can become one of the many patients to get their lives restored through this innovative spinal procedure.