Herniated disc microsurgery - Definition

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Definition


A herniated disc is the projection of a portion of a disc between two vertebrae. The hernia may be responsible for the compression of a nerve passing nearby as well as pain along the nerve: as is the case with sciatica. After diagnosis through medical imaging, such as a CT scan or MRI, medical treatment is conducted. In case of persistent pain, surgery may be considered. Microsurgery is a possibility, which aims to remove the hernia and release the nerve root. This operation is performed under general anesthesia, with the patient staying in the hospital for a few days; the results are satisfactory despite the persistence of some pain and complications are rare.

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Published by Jeff. Latest update on November 26, 2013 at 12:52 PM by Jeff.
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