Discectomy involves the removal of a protruding disc, specifically addressing the debris causing an obstruction to the spinal motorway (Understand Spinal Motorway). This procedure is performed under general anesthesia and typically requires an overnight hospital stay.
X-rays showing PLIF cages in place, side and front views
1. The Fusion Process
- Traffic Metaphor: Imagine it as clearing debris from a slip road to allow traffic to flow freely on your spinal motorway.
- Procedure Details: Usually done under general anesthesia.
2. Risks and Considerations
- Complexity: These surgeries are more intricate compared to simple decompression procedures.
- Varied Risks: The associated risks can vary, contingent upon the chosen surgical approach and your overall health.
- Treatment Goal: Lumbar fusion aims to address both leg and back pain symptoms, although back pain improvement may be more challenging.
3. Post-Operative Care
- Mobilization and Rehabilitation: Early mobilization and a structured physiotherapy program are integral to your recovery.
- Precautions: Avoid heavy lifting while bending forward and sitting for extended periods.
- Walking: Gradually increase your walking activity under the guidance of a qualified physiotherapist.
- Hygiene: In the initial weeks, be mindful of sweat collection around the surgical wound.
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