Braces Following a Microscopic Discectomy

A brace is used in every microscopic discectomy postoperative situation. Many times, the patient undergoes a bracing protocol before they try more invasive treatment options, so it’s likely would already have a brace they could use after surgery.

Sometimes the brace at its current state is enough to stabilize and support the patient, but oftentimes, there are attachments that can connect to a brace so it can be used before surgery as a therapeutic modality and transition into a fully functional supportive brace in a postoperative state.

Your surgeon will make sure your brace is properly equipped based on your post-surgery needs.

Importance of A Brace

Wearing a brace after a microscopic discectomy is incredibly important for several reasons. First and foremost, the brace stabilizes your back. When the brace is strong and has a rigid posterior and anterior, it can be tightened to create intracavitary pressure. This helps in terms of the disc entry.

A brace also provides the prevention of postoperative moving through an improper range of motion, which could exacerbate pain or could cause the patient to be at greater risk to re-herniate the disc.

Wearing a brace with such rigidity on a regular basis reminds the patient that they have undergone a serious surgery. It is impossible not to notice if the patient is equipped with a brace, and therefore the patient remembers not to perform strenuous activities.

Post-Operative Bracing

There are different varieties of bracing devices, but they all perform the same function and are always needed.
There are special devices a person would wear if they are grooming or exposed to water. However, patients are typically not advised to groom or bathe in the first couple of days following surgery until a medical professional had advised them it is okay to proceed.