You’ll be taken to the operating theatre and made comfortable.

Your anaesthetist will insert a cannula into a vein to administer anaesthetic, fluid and other drugs. You may also have a urinary catheter, in case you temporarily lose control of your bladder. You’ll be positioned face down for your surgery.

After the anaesthetic takes effect, your surgeon makes an incision in the back of your neck (for cervical microdiscectomy) or your back (for lumbar microdiscectomy).

What happens next depends on the type of microdiscectomy you’re having. Learn more about types of microdiscectomy surgery.

Following surgery, your surgeon closes the incision/s using staples or stitches and applies a bandage.

Your surgery will take 1-2 hours, depending on how complex it is.

Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion


After your procedure

Your hospital stay.


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