Microdiscectomy

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Dr. Virella is a Board Certified Minimally Invasive Neurosurgeon

Agoura Hills / Palmdale / Valencia

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Specializing in Microdiscectomy Treatments

What is microdiscectomy surgery?

A microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive surgery that is commonly performed by Dr. Virella to help patients who have a compressed nerve in their back or neck. During a microdiscectomy procedure, Dr. Virella uses microscopic equipment to view and remove portions of a herniated disc that are compressing a nerve root. Patients who undergo the procedure experience symptom relief quickly. The procedure is very effective at reducing extremity pain that is caused by a compressed nerve. Dr. Virella performs the following procedures:

  • A microdiscectomy of the lumbar spine is used to treat lower back pain and extremity pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling.
  • A microdiscectomy of the cervical spine is used to treat neck pain and upper extremity pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling.

Dr. Virella is a board-certified neurosurgeon who has developed the skills required to perform these procedures and a special procedure called an endoscopic microdiscectomy. The benefits of an endoscopic microdiscectomy are that it uses very small incisions, visualization equipment, and instruments. Patients who undergo a microdiscectomy or endoscopic microdiscectomy can look forward to symptom relief, a fast recovery, and a smaller scar.

What condition is microdiscectomy surgery used to treat?

A herniated disc is a medical condition that is experienced by patients who suffer from moderate to severe stages of the following conditions:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Osteoarthritis

In some cases, a herniated disc can also be caused by an accident or injury that involves overloading the spine (i.e. lifting a heavy object or falling from a high area). When a herniated disc protrudes into the spinal canal and pinches a nerve root, a microdiscectomy can be performed to decompress the nerve. Symptoms that affect the neck, back and extremities can be significantly reduced or eliminated after a microdiscectomy procedure. Patients who are interested in seeing a microdiscectomy doctor/surgeon and learning more about their microdiscectomy treatment/procedure options are encouraged to make an appointment with Dr. Virella.

If you are ready to find a solution to your back, neck or spine condition contact us to make an appointment with Dr. Virella. With three convenient locations in Agoura Hills, CA, Valencia, CA, and Palmdale, CA, making an appointment is easier than ever.

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Anthony Virella, MD
Anthony Virella, MD is a Board-Certified, Fellowship Trained Neurological Spine Surgeon with advanced training in the management spinal disorders. He is also a graduate of the UCLA Neurosurgery Residency Program and completed his Complex Spine Resident Fellowship at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Additional work included a second Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at the UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center.  Dr. Virella is a nationally recognized spine specialist and has authored numerous articles and lectured nationally and internationally in the field of Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.
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People all over the world delay their treatments due to long-term anxieties and fears surrounding spine surgery and treatments in general. Our practice has worked with many patients over the years and we understand these valid concerns. If you have these general concerns, please click below to read “A Message from Dr. Virella“.
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Relieving your pain should not be a cause for anxiety, and we take every step possible to make sure our patients are comfortable, secure and relaxed from their first visit to their last. Remember, there is nothing scary about taking back control of your life and relieving your pain. Our practice is highly organized and provides step-by-step guided help the entire way to keep you relaxed with your focus where it should be- on you.

You’ve already taken the first step by searching for the right doctor and can soon be on a path to a pain-free life. Call our practice today (805-449-0088or request a callback to come and visit with me. We will sit down together and discuss your concerns. Then, I will provide you with a thorough analysis and review of a suggested care path and treatment options.

I pride myself in being extremely attentive to my patients, using extreme caution and putting to work my experience (of nearly two decades) in conservative treatments and minimally invasive procedures that have given thousands of patient their lives back. I have spent my life designing a new approach to spine treatments that reduce any anxieties of my patients by providing them with a comprehensive strategy that makes sense and is proven.

Don’t let your pain get worse by delaying getting the help you need. Neglecting needed treatment will (almost certainly) make your situation worse. We hope you decide to take control of your pain and your life. We welcome and look forward to meeting you and having the opportunity to shares our skills and successes with you. Thank you for taking the time to read and we hope to see you soon.

ANTHONY A. VIRELLA M.D., F.A.C.S