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If you are not able to obtain appropriate relief with physical therapy and pain management, or if you experience muscle weakness and bladder irritability, herniated disc surgery can provide great relief from pain and help with restoring your muscle strength. The pressure from the herniated disc interferes with function of the nerve.
Through a small working channel, muscles over your spine are gently retracted. A small opening in the bone provides access to the disc. Once the herniated portion of the disc is removed, the nerve can start to recover.
HERNIATED DISC SURGERY TREATS THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:
General anesthesia and muscle relaxation are needed for a comfortable experience.
An initial two weeks of rest and relaxation are needed to ensure proper healing and adequate pain relief. By the third week after surgery, a course of physical therapy and stretch exercise regimen will be prescribed for you. Most people are able to resume their normal activities by four weeks after the surgery.
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