Here at the office of Dr. Andrew Casden, one of our most commonly used services is the discectomy. Our NYC discectomy expert often uses this procedure if patients are struggling with a lumbar herniated disc. Specifically a discectomy is a procedure that is used when a lumbar herniated disc is pressing on a nerve root or on the spinal cord. When a disc is herniated, a portion of the normal spinal disc becomes dislodged, which can lead to this uncomfortable pressing on a nerve root or on the spinal cord, as previously mentioned. If you have a herniated disc, you may experience symptoms such as numbness, tingling, electric shock pain, and weakness in that area. If you are struggling with symptoms such as these, you should schedule an appointment with our NYC discectomy expert, Dr. Casden.
The main goal of our NYC discectomy procedures is to remove the fragment of the disc that is causing you pain and discomfort. In order to do so, a small incision will need to be made in your back, and then dissect away the muscles that surround the bone of your spine. Then, using special equipment and techniques, we will remove a small portion of bone and ligament from the back of your spine. After the bone and ligament have been removed, we will be able to more accurately assess the current state of your of your spinal nerves, and locate the disc herniation. Once the disc herniation has been located, the fragment that is pressing on the nerve root or spinal cord can be safely removed. After, the area will be cleaned and the incision will be closed. In some cases, the results will be felt immediately, but for other patients it takes weeks to notice an improvement in pain relief and other associated symptoms.
If you would like to learn more about our NYC discectomy services, or any of the other services that Dr. Casden provides, we encourage you to visit our practice’s main website to look through some additional information. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our services, do not hesitate to contact our staff directly for assistance. Dr. Casden and the rest of our staff look forward to working with you.