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Discectomy & Microdiscectomy Surgeries

Our Michigan injury and accident lawyers frequently represent clients who have suffered serious injuries to their lower back, like herniated and ruptured discs.   These injuries often arise from car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and other types of direct trauma to the back.  Injuries that do not resolve through conservative treatment, like physical therapy, often require surgery.  One type of surgery is called a Discectomy.

A Discectomy involves the removal of disc herniation material through an incision in the spine, with essentially no blood loss. This procedure is done when the herniation is pressing on the nerve (not all do).  Before the disc material is removed, a small piece of bone (the lamina) from the affected vertebra may be removed. This is called a laminotomy or laminectomy and allows the surgeon to better see and access the area of disc herniation.  A discectomy is typically an outpatient procedure. You can be up and around from the first day and hopefully driving within a week or two.
Another procedure is called a Microdiscectomy.  Microdiscectomy is similar to a discectomy but instead uses a special microscope or magnifying instrument to view the disc and nerves. The magnified view makes it possible for the surgeon to remove herniated disc material through a smaller incision, thus causing less damage to surrounding tissue.

If you suffered a back injury in an accident, you may have a legal claim against a negligent person or business to compensate you for your injuries.  If you had surgery and your condition has improved, you may still have a claim for your pain and suffering and disability caused by accident.  You may also be limited in future actitivies, even after surgery, and you are entitled to compensation for this also.

To learn more about your legal rights if you have suffered sciatica in an accident, call our office now or submit this contact form.  We will carefully explain your legal rights to you and discuss your legal options to pursue a claim.