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How Much Pain Is Usually Associated with a Discectomy?

The purpose of a discectomy is to significantly reduce or eliminate pain stemming from nerve compression, usually when it's caused by a herniated disc. If you've reached a point where you're considering or preparing to have a discectomy, ...
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Does Insurance Usually Cover Open Discectomies?

There are times when a herniated spinal disc, also commonly known as a "slipped disc" or “ruptured disc,” may require treatment with a traditional surgical procedure such as an open discectomy. In comparison to a microdiscectomy, a ...
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What’s the Time Period for Full Recovery after a Discectomy?

A discectomy is like any type of surgery in that you'll need to give your body and spine time to heal and recover. It is a process that involves following your doctor's recommendations, taking proper precautions, and taking the steps ...
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Introduction to Post-Discectomy Syndrome

Spinal discs sometimes irritate nerves to the point where surgery is necessary to improve quality of life and ease near-debilitating discomfort. If you have a discectomy to remove a portion of disc material affecting nerve roots, you may ...
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How Long Should I Expect to Have Pain after a Microdiscectomy?

While often a last resort, unless nerve-compression symptoms are severe, a discectomy can provide welcome relief when various nonsurgical treatments aren’t providing pain relief. Patients often wonder how long pain may last following a ...
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Is It Worth It to Have Surgery for a Herniated Disc?

Spinal discs are rubbery and spongy enough to cushion the spine's bones but still flexible enough to handle the stress from daily movements. Eventually, all this wear and strain can lead to damage to certain discs, especially ones in the ...
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What’s the Usual Recovery Period after a Microdiscectomy?

You’ll need to give yourself sufficient time to heal and recover following any type of spine surgery. If a discectomy is the procedure you're considering now or planning to have done in the near future, be aware that recovery time will ...
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Will I Need Fusion After a Microdiscectomy?

Having one spine-related procedure when possible is an understandable goal and often one accomplished with the right approach to spinal surgery. However, there are times when two of the most common spinal procedures performed today, a ...
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What Makes Someone a Good Candidate for a Microdiscectomy?

Spinal discs are designed to be durable, but these spongy spinal features sometimes irritate nearby nerves and contribute to noticeable discomfort. While there are many nonsurgical ways to treat disc-related pain, surgery is sometimes the ...
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What Will I Be Able to Do a Couple of Weeks after Microdiscectomy Surgery?

As you recover from spine surgery, you should aim to find a suitable balance between an increased activity level and appropriate precautions. This applies to any type of spine-related procedure, including a discectomy, a commonly performed ...
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