lastic discs which are present within the intervertebral spaces of the spine can become herniated, torn or protrude causing them to push against the spinal cord and its surrounding nerves. This pressure generates irritation of these nerve tissues, resulting in pain and weakness in one or both legs. If the pressure is extreme, it can cause the loss of movement and potentially the permanent loss of function. Symptoms associated with a herniated disc include back pain with or without leg pain and/or numbness (radiating pain), muscle weakness in the legs or buttocks, and loss of bladder control or bowel movements. Only when herniation is unresolved by epidural injections or too severe, is surgery necessary. Depending on the size of the herniation, a microdiscectomy, using a microscope and minimally invasive techniques, or a discectomy using a microscope would be recommended.
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Both a discectomy and microdiscectomy are performed under general anesthesia. The neurosurgeon uses a very small incision and a microscope to see the affected disc and nerves. The offending disc pieces are then removed so as to no longer place pressure on the surrounding spinal cord and nerves. Patients often wake up from surgery with immediate pain relief and can quickly return back to daily activities. This does not require and overnight stay in a hospital so patients go home on the same day as the operation.
When spinal discs become weakened they can push against the nerve or spinal cord, which causes the elastic ring to extend, thus inflicting pain.