in Orange County

The evolution of spinal surgery has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years, shifting from traditional open procedures to minimally invasive techniques.

What is a Microdiscectomy?

A microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure designed to treat herniated or bulging discs in the spine. The primary goal of this procedure is to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves caused by the protruding disc material. By carefully removing the portion of the disc that is compressing the nerve, a microdiscectomy aims to alleviate pain, numbness, and weakness in the affected area. This procedure is typically performed in a hospital or outpatient surgical center under general anesthesia.

Embracing Minimally Invasive Techniques

In recent years, there has been a significant shift in spinal surgery towards less invasive techniques, and Dr. Jeremy Smith is at the forefront of this movement. Minimally invasive procedures offer numerous advantages over traditional open surgeries, including smaller incisions, reduced tissue damage, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery times. Dr. Smith specializes in minimally invasive techniques because he understands the importance of preserving spinal function and minimizing patient discomfort. By embracing these advanced approaches, Dr. Smith aims to provide his patients in Orange County with the highest quality of care and the best possible outcomes.

Benefits of Our Microdiscectomy Surgery in Orange County

Based in Orange County, CA, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jeremy Smith specializes in Microdiscectomy, an advanced minimally invasive surgical technique for patients suffering from chronic spinal pain. Microdiscectomy is particularly effective for addressing conditions such as herniated discs, lumbar spinal stenosis, spinal compression, and other related issues. Dr. Smith is renowned for his dedication to providing relief to individuals who have endured persistent back pain. For the right candidate, Microdiscectomy can be an alternative solution to enhance patients’ quality of life. This innovative treatment offers significant relief from chronic pain and restores mobility and function for his patients.


Minimally Invasive Approach: Microdiscectomy surgery is minimally invasive, which means smaller incisions, less tissue damage, and typically faster recovery times compared to traditional open surgery.

Targeted Disc Removal: Microdiscectomy specifically targets the removal of herniated or damaged disc material that may be pressing on nerves, thereby relieving pain and improving function.

Preservation of Healthy Tissue: The surgery aims to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible, reducing the risk of complications and promoting quicker healing.

Effective Pain Relief: Microdiscectomy is highly effective in relieving symptoms associated with herniated discs, such as sciatica, leg pain, and numbness, allowing patients to return to their daily activities with reduced pain.

Shorter Hospital Stay: Patients undergoing microdiscectomy surgery typically experience shorter hospital stays compared to traditional open surgery, leading to faster recovery and less disruption to daily life.

Lower Risk of Complications: The minimally invasive nature of microdiscectomy surgery is associated with a lower risk of complications such as infection, blood loss, and damage to surrounding tissues.

Improved Mobility: By addressing the underlying cause of spinal pain, microdiscectomy surgery can improve mobility and function, enabling patients to resume normal activities with greater ease.

Customized Treatment Plans: Orthopedic surgeons like Dr. Jeremy Smith tailor microdiscectomy surgery to each patient’s specific condition, ensuring personalized care and optimal outcomes.

Long-term Benefits: Studies have shown that microdiscectomy surgery provides long-term relief for many patients, with a low likelihood of recurrence of disc herniation or related symptoms.

Alternative to Medication: Microdiscectomy surgery offers a potential alternative to long-term pain medication use, addressing the root cause of pain rather than simply managing symptoms.


Candidates for Microdecompression Surgery

Microdecompression and microdiscectomy surgeries are highly effective in treating a range of spinal conditions, including:

  • Herniated discs

  • Lumbar spinal stenosis

  • Spinal compression due to degenerative disc disease

  • Sciatica caused by nerve compression

  • Spinal cord compression from bone spurs or other growths

  • Radiculopathy (nerve root compression)

  • Foraminal stenosis

Identifying suitable candidates for microdecompression or microdiscectomy surgery involves careful consideration of several factors:

  • Patients experiencing persistent back or leg pain that has not responded to conservative treatments such as physical therapy, medication, or epidural injections may be candidates.

  • Diagnostic imaging studies, such as MRI or CT scans, may reveal herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or other structural abnormalities amenable to surgical intervention.

  • Candidates should have realistic expectations about the potential outcomes of surgery and be willing to actively participate in post-operative rehabilitation.

  • Patients with certain medical conditions, such as severe obesity or uncontrolled diabetes, may not be suitable candidates for surgery due to increased surgical risks.

  • Individuals with spinal instability or severe spinal deformities may require alternative surgical approaches or interventions.

Who is not a candidate
for microdiscectomy?

While microdecompression and microdiscectomy surgeries offer significant benefits for many patients with spinal conditions, not everyone is a suitable candidate. Patients with the following characteristics may not be candidates for microdiscectomy:

  • Severe spinal instability or deformity requiring more extensive surgical correction

  • Presence of certain medical conditions that increase surgical risks, such as severe obesity or uncontrolled diabetes

  • Individuals with unrealistic expectations about the outcomes of surgery or unwillingness to participate in post-operative rehabilitation

  • Patients with spinal infections or active systemic infections may need treatment for their infections before considering surgery.

For those who may not be candidates for microdiscectomy, alternative treatment options or surgical approaches may be available. Consultation with a spine specialist like Dr. Jeremy Smith can help determine the most appropriate course of action based on individual needs and circumstances.


Why Choose Orange County
Spinal Surgeon, Dr. Jeremy Smith

Dr. Jeremy Smith is a leading spine surgeon in Orange County with extensive credentials and expertise in spine surgery. With a commitment to compassionate care, Dr. Smith combines his advanced surgical skills with a dedication to improving patients’ quality of life. Choosing an experienced surgeon like Dr. Smith ensures access to state-of-the-art facilities and a proven track record of successful outcomes.

What to Expect at Your Preoperative Consultation

Before undergoing spine surgery with Dr. Jeremy Smith, you can expect a comprehensive preoperative consultation to ensure the best possible outcome. The process for getting booked is simple and streamlined, with our friendly staff assisting you every step of the way. Prior to your consultation, it’s helpful to gather any relevant medical records, imaging studies, and a list of current medications to provide Dr. Smith with a comprehensive overview of your medical history.

During your consultation, Dr. Smith will take the time to thoroughly evaluate your condition, discuss your treatment options, and address any questions or concerns you may have. To help you prepare for your consultation, here are some common questions to consider asking:

  • What are the potential risks and benefits of the recommended surgical procedure?

  • What is the expected recovery time, and what can I do to facilitate a smooth recovery?

  • Are there any alternative treatment options we should explore?

  • What can I expect in terms of post-operative pain management and rehabilitation?

  • Additionally, feel free to ask about Dr. Smith’s experience with similar cases, his approach to surgical technique, and any other questions that are important to you.

At Jeremy Smith, MD, patient satisfaction and safety are our top priorities, and we are committed to providing you with personalized care and support throughout your treatment journey. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeremy Smith, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthier, happier spine.

Microdiscectomy Procedure

A microdiscectomy is a surgical procedure aimed at relieving pressure on the spinal nerves caused by a herniated or bulging disc in the spine. Dr. Jeremy Smith specializes in this minimally invasive technique, which involves removing the portion of the disc that is compressing the nerve, thereby alleviating pain and restoring function.

Microdiscectomy involves the precise removal of herniated disc material to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves. This procedure aims to alleviate symptoms such as leg pain, numbness, and weakness caused by nerve compression. Common conditions treated with microdiscectomy include:

For more information on these conditions and their treatments, please visit our Conditions Page to learn more.

The Procedure

The microdiscectomy procedure typically involves the following steps:

  • Anesthesia: The patient is placed under general anesthesia to ensure comfort and pain control during the surgery.

  • Incision: Dr. Jeremy Smith makes a small incision near the affected disc, minimizing disruption to surrounding tissues.

  • Disc Removal: Using specialized instruments and microscopic visualization, Dr. Smith carefully removes the portion of the herniated disc that is compressing the spinal nerve.

  • Closure: Once the disc material is removed, the incision is closed with sutures, and a sterile dressing is applied.

Dr. Jeremy Smith’s approach to microdiscectomy surgery is distinguished by his expertise in minimally invasive techniques and his dedication to personalized patient care. He utilizes advanced surgical technology and precise surgical techniques to achieve optimal outcomes for his patients. Additionally, Dr. Smith emphasizes a comprehensive approach to treatment, focusing on addressing the underlying cause of the spinal condition and promoting long-term spinal health and function.

Recovery and Rehabilitation

Recovery and rehabilitation following microdiscectomy surgery are crucial aspects of the treatment process. While individual recovery experiences may vary, it’s essential to have a general understanding of what to expect during the recovery period.

How long does it take to recover from a microdiscectomy?

Recovery from a microdiscectomy varies from patient to patient but typically involves a gradual improvement in symptoms over several weeks to months. Many patients experience significant relief from pain and return to normal activities within a few weeks of surgery.

Is physical therapy necessary following a microdiscectomy?

In some cases, physical therapy may be recommended following a microdiscectomy to help restore strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the spine. Physical therapy can also aid in preventing future injuries and promoting long-term spinal health.

Can you walk right after having a microdiscectomy?

Patients are typically encouraged to walk soon after microdiscectomy surgery to promote circulation and prevent blood clots. However, it’s essential to follow specific post-operative instructions provided by Dr. Jeremy Smith regarding activity levels and restrictions.

How long until I can bend after a microdiscectomy?

Most patients can gradually resume bending and other activities of daily living within a few weeks of microdiscectomy surgery. However, it’s essential to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities for a period of time as recommended by Dr. Smith to prevent complications.

Are there any long term restrictions after microdecompression?

While most patients experience significant improvement in symptoms and function following microdiscectomy, some may need to adhere to certain long-term restrictions to prevent future disc herniation or spinal issues. Dr. Smith will provide personalized recommendations based on each patient’s specific condition and lifestyle.

Orange County & Irvine Patient
Experiences and Testimonials:

From regaining mobility to reclaiming quality of life, our patients’ experiences showcase the transformative power of expert spine care. Hear their stories and embark on your journey to a pain-free future with Dr. Smith by your side.



    “Dr. Smith is not only <em>extremely compassionate</em> and caring, but a <em>talented and skilled surgeon</em>. He performed my second cervical fusion and will now do a posterior cervical fusion. <em>I am truly grateful</em> to have been referred to him with all of the pain I’ve suffered. I am certain that working together we will find the pain relief I so desperately need. <em>Thank you Dr. Smith!</em>”


      "I had spinal fusion surgery in 2019 from Dr. Smith. I was personally devastated. As an extremely active individual, I thought my life was over. Going into 2023, I'm in better physical shape than anytime in my life. As an avid cyclist I ride 100 plus miles harder and faster than anyone I know. I ski. I work out. I've had ZERO issues. If you ever want a pro bono testimonial I'm all in. Dr. Smith and team literally saved my life."


        "Thank you for truly saving my life on March 30, 2022. The pain I had was almost too over bearing for me that it sent me into a depression that was changing my whole life and not for the better. You and your staff and the entire hospital, treated me like a VIP/ aka.Princess and I’m eternally grateful that it all started with you, your wonderful PAs and your God blessed talents."

        Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Jeremy Smith

        Ready to take the first step towards relief? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeremy Smith today and take control of your spinal health. With personalized advice tailored to your unique needs, Dr. Smith can guide you towards the best treatment options for your condition. Don’t wait any longer – contact us now to book your appointment.

        Experience relief close to home with microdiscectomy surgery in Orange County. Dr. Jeremy Smith offers expert care, advanced techniques, and compassionate support to help you get back to living life without limits. Don’t let spinal conditions hold you back – explore the benefits of microdiscectomy and start your journey towards a pain-free future today.

        Frequently Asked Questions

        What is the success rate of a microdiscectomy?

        Microdiscectomy has a high success rate, with approximately 90% of patients experiencing significant pain relief and improvement in symptoms.

        What are the risks associated with microdiscectomy/microdecompression surgery?

        While microdiscectomy is generally safe, potential risks include infection, bleeding, nerve damage, and recurrence of herniated disc.

        Does a microdiscectomy help with back or neck pain?

        Microdiscectomy primarily targets leg pain caused by nerve compression. It may also alleviate associated back pain to some extent.

        Is microdiscectomy the same as spinal fusion?

        No, microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive procedure to remove herniated disc material, while spinal fusion involves joining two or more vertebrae together to stabilize the spine.

        Does nerve pain go away after a microdiscectomy?

        In many cases, nerve pain (such as sciatica) significantly improves or resolves after microdiscectomy as pressure on the affected nerve is relieved.

        Does insurance cover microdiscectomy and what insurances do you accept at your Orange County offices?

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