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How Soon Should Physical Therapy Begin after Microdiscectomy Surgery?

Even though a microdiscectomy is less invasive than a traditional discectomy, you will need to take some precautions during the initial post-surgery healing period. Beyond that point, you will be advised to take steps to strengthen the ...
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Does Discectomy Surgery Involve Removing the Whole Disc?

A discectomy is a common procedure performed to address pain and nerve-based discomfort stemming from a herniated disc. Discectomies are more likely to be performed with minimally invasive techniques (this is especially true with ...
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Boosting Outcomes of Discectomies Performed in ASCs with Barricaid

A recent article published in Becker's ASC Review, a prime source of news and analysis for leaders and decision makers in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) around the country, explains how Barricaid, the only FDA-approved annular closure ...
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What Are the Symptoms of a Ruptured Disc?

A "ruptured" spinal disc occurs when inner disc material seeps through the outside disc wall due to some type of damage or weakness. Also referred to as herniated discs, ruptured discs often occur in the lower back. As is true with any ...
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Tips for Strengthening Your Back Following a Microdiscectomy

Patients are often advised to take steps to strengthen their back muscles after any type of spine surgery. With a microdiscectomy, this typically means muscles in the core area and lower body. Patients are generally advised to begin a ...
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Is Discectomy Surgery an Open Procedure?

Only about 10 percent of people with a herniated disc end up needing surgery. If you have discussed this situation with your surgeon, he or she may recommend a discectomy. A discectomy can be a traditional "open" type of surgery, but there ...
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Does a Microdiscectomy Involve Bone Removal?

Whether performed endoscopically or with similar techniques, a microdiscectomy is considered a minimally invasive procedure. This is why it is often an appealing option for a patient with a herniated disc that is irritating a nearby nerve. ...
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Which Types of Doctors Perform Discectomies?

Often recommended only when other treatments are not effective, a discectomy is a specialized back surgery procedure requiring expert knowledge of spinal discs and nerves. For this reason, there are certain types of doctors who typically ...
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Types of Exercise to Avoid if You Have a Bulging Disc

Exercise is generally a good thing for overall health and the various parts of the spine. However, some exercises can be a bit too strenuous or risky if you have a bulging spinal disc. Whether the affected disc is abnormally protruding to ...
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When to Seek Emergency Care for a Herniated Disc

For many people with a herniated disc (sometimes referred to as a “ruptured” or “bulging” disc), spinal disc problems of this nature are not medically urgent. In fact, it is common for patients to respond well to medication, physical ...
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