This is a surgical video of minimally invasive microdiscectomy.
This is a common operation performed for persistent, severe sciatica due to lumbar disc herniation. Open microdiscectomy is the traditional way for performing this surgery, however, in the recent times, a minimally invasive approach has gained popularity.
Potential advantages of minimally invasive microdiscectomy are limited muscle injury, lesser pain and a shorter hospital stay.
Here we demonstrate a minimally invasive tubular microdiscectomy in a 22-year-old woman with right lower extremity radiculopathy of 6 months duration secondary to a right sided L4-5 disc herniation.