minimally invasive

minimally invasive

11 Posterior Cervical Microdiscectomy

2d ago
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Description

This is a microscopic procedure and similar to micro-lumbar discectomy described above. The author has devised special cervical retractor for this procedure. It can be done in sitting position or prone position. It is most suitable in younger patients with posterolateral herniation of the disc. The technical point to remember is that many times the disc is herniated in the axilla of the nerve root. The integrity of the spine is maintained, the procedure does not cause instability and there is no need for any type of fusion of the spine. It is a minimally invasive procedure and the patient can be sent home on the same day in the evening or next day in the morning. The spine is mobile, and there is no need for cervical collar. Cervical muscle strengthening exercises are mandatory.