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Microsurgical Laminotomy And Disckectomy

A herniated disc in the Lumbar Spine can cause compression of the nerve root producing leg pain (sciatica), numbness, and weakness.

Microsurgical laminotomy and discectomy involves removing a part of the disc and decompressing the nerve root.

The surgical technique requires a very small incision (2 cm. in length) in the middle of the lower back exposing vertebra (lamina) above and below the disc herniation. A small window is made in the bony lamina overlying the disc herniation. Under the use of a microscope, the nerve root is identified, gently retracted and the piece of herniated disc is removed. Partial discectomy is performed with the use of small spinal instruments to clean out any other loose disc material.

This outpatient procedure allows the patient to be released to home usually within 2 hours.

Leg pain may immediately disappear. Numbness or leg weakness may take several weeks to resolve.

Patient Testimonials

“Dr. Kropf is a very knowledgeable and experienced surgeon. He is just as straight forward and honest as I remember him from 19 years ago. He did an amazing job with my back then, that I flew across the country to discuss the second surgery with him!”
"I had a Cervical Spine Surgery February 2017 and Lumbar Spine Surgery November 2017. Both Surgeries were a Success. I feel so much better....No More Pain! Thank You, Dr. Kropf... You're the BEST!"

-Martha B

"Dr. Kropf is literally a miracle worker. I have suffered with horrible pain for years from herniation at L4/5 & L5/S1. Had a prior micro-surgery from another surgeon which did not work. Dr. Kropf performed a double fusion through the stomach and back. Had my 7 month follow up yesterday and got a clean bill of health. Honestly, after about 5 months I was totally pain free. He completely nailed it!!! I also just referred one of my good friends who also feel in love with Dr.Kropf. I had interviewed 7 surgeons with my wife and we both agreed that there was no one better to do my surgery. This was not a fun thing to go through, but so worth it. Katie, Sakura, and Trisha also were awesome to deal with and super responsive."

-Lee E

"This man gave me my life back! I wouldn't be working today with him as a spine nurse ! I had a cervical fusion & artificial disc replacement for my lower back ! He's caring & compassionate & so is his staff ! He saved my husbands life also by ordering the right tests & got him to another specialist , I feel so blessed to have him! "

-Anastacia H

"First off, I believe Dr. Kropf helped save my life! It's been 6 months since I had my surgery and my spine has fused successfully! Dr. Kropf and his amazing staff treated me like a human being instead of just a patient! The support and encouragement they gave me throughout the few years I have been going is incomparable! Thank you to all those who helped me during my recovery, especially Sakura, and Trisha! You are all Angels on Earth! God Bless you!"

-Stefifi A