Discectomy information and locations in Mexico

A discectomy is a surgery performed by neurosurgeons and consists of removing the damaged part of a herniated disc. This surgery can be performed on the neck (cervical discectomy) or in the back (lumbar discectomy).
The discs between the vertebra work as a cushion for your spine, but if they become damaged they can start to swell and press the nearby nerves, causing pain and numbness. This surgery can help relieve the pressure occasioned by a herniated disc. There are two techniques used for this surgery, both are done under general anesthesia.

Surgical approach for discectomy

Open surgery
An incision is made on top of the affected disc, then, the affected portion is removed by the neurosurgeon.
Small cuts are made on the back, a camera and special tools are then inserted into them, allowing the surgeon to remove the disc.
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Reduces pain
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Minimal downtime (microdiscectomy)
Procedure: 2 hrs.
Hospital stay: 1 - 2 hrs.
Cleared to fly: 7 - 10 days
After surgery
Out of town patients’ follow-ups are scheduled with the neurosurgeon after 7 - 14 days from discectomy surgery. Patients are clear for flying after 7 days from the discectomy surgery.
Note: See with the specialist what follow-up or postoperative care you need to take with a primary care physician, or specialist in your home city, regarding sutures or medication adjustments after the procedure.
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Discectomy frequent questions

Get answers to our most frequently asked questions and what to expect after the procedure.
Am I a candidate for discectomy?
This surgery is recommended to patients who are experiencing chronic pain on their spine, along with muscle weakness and numbness. Surgery is recommended after non-surgical treatments have proven ineffective. We recommend you to refer to one of our professional doctors for an evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure.
How do I prepare for a discectomy?
You will be instructed to stop eating and drinking before the procedure, along with avoiding blood-thinning medications.
Do I need an open surgery or a microdiscectomy?
Microdiscectomy is the most commonly used method, as it allows for shorter recovery times, but some patients might require their entire disk to be removed, in these cases, open surgery is preferred.
How will recovery be like?
Your doctor will prescribe pain medication and will recommend physical therapy if it’s necessary. When you’re home, try to avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time and abstain from climbing stairs until you’re comfortable doing it, you will also be asked to sleep on your side to avoid placing pressure on your incision.

Disclaimer: This information does not reflect the medical advice from our clinics. All cases are different and this treatment may not suit you. Always refer to a medical professional with the certification and experience. All of our physicians are fully qualified to perform these procedures. For more information and diagnosis contact one of our top specialized clinics.

In all medical procedures, there are chances of complications, the specialist will provide you detailed information about the risks of the procedure, talk to the specialist directly.