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Microdiscectomy

A microdiscectomy (also called a microdecompression) is usually more effective for relieving leg pain (also known as radiculopathy, or sciatica) than lower back pain.

For leg pain, patients will normally feel pain relief almost immediately after a microdiscectomy. They will usually go home from the surgery with significant pain relief.

These are typical reasons for recommending a microdiscectomy:

  • Leg pain has been experienced for at least six weeks
  • An MRI scan or other test shows a herniated disc
  • Leg pain (sciatica) is the patient’s main symptom, rather than simply lower back pain
  • Nonsurgical treatments such as oral steroids, NSAIDs, and physical therapy have not brought sufficient pain relief

As general rule, microdiscectomy is considered a relatively reliable surgery for immediate, or nearly immediate, relief of sciatica from a lumbar herniated disc. The results of surgery are somewhat less favorable after three to six months have passed since the onset of symptoms, so doctors usually advise people not to postpone surgery for an extended period (beyond three to six months).

An initial consultation with Mr. Nazeer Moideen is from £200.

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