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In the operating room, you will be positioned to lie on your stomach. The physician will carry out a radiological exam to precisely locate the area of the herniated disc. After making a cutaneous incision a few centimeters long, the neurosurgeon will remove the hernia and possibly part of the disc.
It may be necessary to insert a small hose (drain or Redon) in the area of the incision to allow the flow of blood. This hose causes no pain and will usually be removed after 48 hours.
The operation usually takes between one hour to an hour and a half. It is carried out under general anesthesia.
The following complications may occur:
Sciatica may recur in around 5% to 10% of cases.
Most often, the same signs that were present before the intervention accompany this recurrence.
It may occur immediately or a long time after the intervention (several months).