Exploring Microdiscectomy with Barricade: Procedure and Benefits

A microdiscectomy is a surgical procedure designed to remove the herniated portion of a disc that is pressing on a nerve root. Unlike traditional open surgery, microdiscectomy is minimally invasive, involving a smaller incision and less muscle disruption. This leads to shorter recovery times and reduced postoperative pain.

The Microdiscectomy Procedure

The microdiscectomy surgery procedure typically involves the following steps:

Preparation: The patient is placed under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes a small incision, usually about 1 to 1.5 inches, in the lower back.

Accessing the Spine: Using specialized instruments and a surgical microscope, the surgeon carefully moves muscles and tissues aside to access the spine.

Removing the Herniated Disc: The surgeon removes the portion of the that is compressing the nerve root. In some cases, a small portion of the bone (lamina) may also be removed to provide better access to the disc.

Inserting the Barricade Device: After the herniated disc material is removed, the Barricade device is inserted into the disc space. The Barricade is an annular closure device designed to reinforce the annulus fibrosus and prevent re-herniation. It acts like a plug, filling the defect in the annulus and providing additional support to the disc.

Closing the Incision: Once the Barricade is securely in place, the incision is closed with sutures or staples, and a sterile dressing is applied.

Benefits of Microdiscectomy with Barricade

Microdiscectomy with Barricade offers several advantages over traditional approaches, making it an appealing option for patients with herniated discs. Here are some key benefits:

Minimally Invasive: The procedure involves a small incision, resulting in less tissue damage, reduced postoperative pain, and faster recovery compared to open surgery.

Improved Outcomes: The addition of the Barricade device significantly lowers the risk of recurrent herniation, leading to more durable results and fewer repeat surgeries.

Shorter Hospital Stay: Patients typically experience a shorter hospital stay, often returning home the same day or within 24 hours after surgery.

Faster Recovery: Due to the minimally invasive nature of the procedure and the support provided by the Barricade device, patients often resume normal activities more quickly, with many returning to work within a few weeks.

Reduced Pain and Improved Mobility: By relieving nerve compression, microdiscectomy with Barricade effectively reduces pain and improves mobility, enhancing the patient’s quality of life.

Lower Risk of Complications: The precise nature of the procedure and the added stability from the Barricade device contribute to a lower risk of complications compared to traditional disc surgery.

Ideal Candidates for Microdiscectomy with Barricade

. Not every patient with a herniated disc is a candidate for microdiscectomy with Barricade. Ideal candidates typically include those who:

. Have persistent leg pain, numbness, or weakness due to nerve root compression that has not responded to conservative treatments such as physical therapy, medications, or epidural steroid injections.

. Have imaging studies (such as MRI or CT scans) that confirm the presence of a herniated disc compressing a nerve root.

. Are in generally good health and able to undergo anesthesia and surgery.

Postoperative Care and Recovery

Recovery from microdiscectomy with Barricade involves several stages:

Immediate Postoperative Period: After surgery, patients are monitored in the recovery room. Pain management, including medication, is provided to ensure comfort.

Early Recovery: Patients are encouraged to walk and engage in light activities soon after surgery. Physical therapy may be recommended to help restore strength and flexibility.

Long-Term Recovery: Most patients gradually return to their normal activities over several weeks. To ensure optimal healing and prevent complications, it is essential to follow the surgeon’s guidelines on activity restrictions and exercises.


Microdiscectomy with Barricade is a significant advancement for treating herniated discs. This minimally invasive surgery, combined with the Barricade device, offers improved outcomes, faster recovery, and a lower risk of recurrent herniation. It provides a promising solution for those suffering from herniated discs, restoring mobility and enhancing quality of life.