What is Microdiscectomy?

Category: Surgeries

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A microdiscectomy is typically performed for a herniated lumbar disc and is actually more effective for treating leg pain (also known as radiculopathy) than lower back pain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Herniated disc 9 3
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 2 0
Sciatic nerve pain 2 1
Back pain 1 0
Bulging disk lower L4 and L5 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 3
Moderate 2
Mild 0
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Microdiscectomy

Side effect Patients
Back pain 2
Blood clots in legs 1
Chronic pain syndrome 1
Difficulty getting comfortable in bed 1
Fibromyalgia 1
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 1

Show all 8 reported side effects

Why patients stopped taking Microdiscectomy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 1
See all 27 patients who've stopped having Microdiscectomy

Duration

Currently having Microdiscectomy

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped having Microdiscectomy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 26
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 5
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 0
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 3
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There are no evaluations for Microdiscectomy.