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Surgery for work related Back Injuries

Many work related back injuries require surgery .The following information was compiled to provide you with a better understanding of the operation and postoperative course for different kinds of back surgery. It is our hope that by providing you with this information you will feel better prepared for your surgery and, therefore, will decrease the anxiety often associated with any surgery.
Microdiscectomy is a term that we now use to describe what has previously been referred to as a lumbar laminectomy. A microdiscectomy is done for those patients who have simple ruptured or herniated discs, meaning they only have a ruptured disc and no other significant spinal problems. The advantage of this procedure is that it is done through a much smaller skin incision. Often, the incision is one inch or less in length. Your workers compensation doctor is able to do this through a smaller incision because he uses magnification and special instruments. Because of the smaller incision, less dissection of muscle is required; therefore, there is much less postoperative pain. Many of these surgeries are being done under epidural anesthesia instead of general anesthesia. Epidural anesthesia is similar to an epidural a woman receives while in labor. You will be numb from the waist down, which avoids the tube down your throat during general anesthesia. This decreases the likelihood of post-operative nausea and vomiting. These patients typically are up and ambulating within a few hours after surgery and quite often go home the same day as their surgery.
In a microdiscectomy ,your surgeon will only remove the portion of the disc which is ruptured and causing pressure on the nerve. The discs serve as cushions or pads between the bones in our spine (vertebrae); therefore, it is best to leave the undamaged disc portion intact.

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The Injured Workers Law Firm is a Richmond, Virginia based firm solely focused on serving clients with workers' compensation claims in Virginia. If you have questions about your benefits or if you would like more information on the Virginia Workers’ Compensation system, order our book, “The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia” , or call our office today (804) 755-7755.