Tiger Woods is back.
After a 15 month absence from professional golf, Woods is competing in the Hero World Challenge event this week. This is Woods' first event since September of 2015, when he underwent a second microdisectomy surgery (he also underwent a follow-up procedure a month later).
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With microdisectomy surgery back in the news, we thought it would be a good time to explain this relatively common procedure.
Need for a microdisectomy surgery
Before we talk about how the surgery works, lets quickly look at why someone might need a microdisectomy surgery.
A small portion of your bone, or disc material from a herniated disc, can irritate one of your nerve roots. This in turn can result in considerable leg pain. A microdisectomy surgery removes the irritant, and allows space for your nerve to heal.
A microdisectomy surgery to remove a disc fragment begins with a roughly 1 inch incision in the midline of your lower back.
Your surgeon will then perform the following steps:
- Your back muscles are lifted off the bony arch of your spine.
- Next, a membrane over your nerve roo] is removed.
- On occasion, a portion of your inside facet joint is removed to allow access to your nerve root, and to relieve the pressure over your nerve.
- Finally, your nerve root is moved to the side, and the disc material is removed from under your nerve root.
The success rate for a microdisectomy surgery is estimated to be between 90 and 95 percent.
Risks and complications
While rare, there are risks associated with a microdisectomy procedure; including any of the following:
- Nerve root damage
- Bowel/bladder incontinence
I hope all of the above information helps you better understand microdisectomy surgery. And we here at Spine-health wish Tiger Woods all the best as he returns to the world of golf following his microdisectomy surgery.