Braces Following a Microscopic Discectomy

A brace is used in every microscopic discectomy postoperative situation, in fact, it would be hard to imagine a scenario where the patient would not need a brace. Many times the patient undergoes a bracing protocol before they try more invasive or more provocative treatment options. So, at that point, they would have a brace that they could use for postoperative pain, as well.

There are no other kinds of support braces necessary or used for patients who just had a microscopic discectomy.

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 in order to be used before surgery as a therapeutic modality and transition into a fully functional supportive brace in a postoperative state.

If you have more questions regarding the use and necessity of a brace following a microscopic discectomy, our surgeons can help.

Importance of a Brace

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

A brace also provides the prevention of postoperative moving in certain areas throughout an improper range of motion, which could exacerbate pain or could cause the patient to be at greater risk to re-herniate the disc, for example, if they moved in a certain way. Having a rigid brace can prevent microscopic discectomy patients from going through a certain range of motion that could cause a problem.

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. Even following a neck surgery bracing devices that are used.  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.

Grooming and bathing may be included in the postoperative care. This postoperative care may include a visit from a home health care professional who acts as an extension of the physician. Typically, the home care professional is a nurse who is able to travel to the patient’s home to evaluate them and ensure that they are recovering properly at the beginning of the patient’s postoperative care.