This procedure involves removing loose or protruding disc fragments through a small skin incision over the lower back with limited muscle or bone dissection. The procedure is done using a surgical microscope to improve visualisation. Local anaesthetic is injected into the surgical site to improve post-operative pain relief and a small dressing will be applied. The aim is for patients to go home on the same day.
Post op care
A wound check will need to be performed at 2 weeks after the procedure. The wound should be kept dry until this time. Patients can return to work at 6 weeks for light office type work or 3 months for manual work. Generally patients are safe to drive by six weeks. Patients can gradually increase their level of activity from 6 weeks onwards but heavy lifting and bending exercises should be avoided for at least three months.
All surgical procedures are recorded on the British Spine Registry (BSR). This includes pre- and post-operative clinical scores and a record of any surgical implants used.
Pre-operative clinical scores need to be completed prior to any procedure and can be downloaded here. You will be contacted directly by the BSR by email for your post-operative outcome scores at 6 weeks, 6 months, 1 year and 2 years after any procedure.