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.
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.