How Long Does Lumbar Microdiscectomy Take to Perform?
A lumbar microdiscectomy or microdecompression procedure without general anesthesia commonly takes one to two hours to perform. If there is scar tissue present from a prior procedure, more time may be required. The procedure is begun with a very small incision to provide access for the surgical tools. The area of repair is exposed and the vertebrae is treated allowing for exposure of the nerve root. After repairing the nerve root, removing any adhesions and freeing up the nerve path to ensure normal movement, the herniation is corrected. After correcting all abnormalities, the nerve will be resting in its normal anatomic location and the surgery is completed.