Board-certified orthopaedic surgeons Dr. John Gorup and Dr. Mario Brkaric are among Indiana's top specialists in surgical spine procedures, including microdiscectomies. They founded the Indiana Spine Center--with locations in Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Rensselaer, and Logansport--to bring advanced clinical skills, innovative technology, and best practice techniques to the Mid-west.
A microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that removes all or part of a diseased or damaged spinal disc to help relieve pressure on the nerve root. Sometimes, a part of a nearby vertebral bone is also removed. At Indiana Spine Center, our surgeons perform a microdiscectomy using small incisions, specialized instruments, and microscopes. Once the disc has been removed, a bone graft is placed where the disc used to be to help retain the appropriate structure, so that the surrounding nerves still have room to leave the spinal column. Sometimes, a small metal plate is used to help keep the graft and bones in place. Over time, this bone graft fuses with the vertebral bones above and below it.
If you have a herniated disc, it may be putting a lot of pressure on a nearby spinal nerve or other soft tissue structures. This can happen anywhere in the spine, but especially in the neck or low back. When this happens, symptoms including pain and stiffness in the back, and pain, numbness, and tingling in the arms or legs, may be present. In some cases, conservative approaches to disc herniations may not relieve all your symptoms, and surgery may be necessary to help decompress the affected nerve and allow you to recover fully.
If non-surgical intervention and preventive care does not relieve your symptoms, or if your symptoms are significantly worse in the legs than in the back, you may be an appropriate candidate for a microdiscectomy. At Indiana Spine Center, we want to educate our patients about every possible treatment option for their back problem. This may include chiropractic care, spinal rehabilitation, medications, and consultations with a neurologist and other specialists. If none of these treatment options seem to provide the results you need, we’re confident that our highly skilled spine surgical team can provide permanent solutions with fast recovery and optimal outcomes. Neck and spine—it’s all we do!
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Dr. Brkaric takes the necessary time to listen to his patients concerns, explain diagnostics, and treatment recommendations.
I have recommended Dr. Brkaric to many of my friends and family members and will continue to do so.
Dr. Gorup always explains everything in depth, the truth and what to expect. His bed side manner is excellent. And he has a great sense of humor.
Dr. Gorup is an excellent and caring doctor, not only to the patient but also their family. Skilled surgeon. Provides all the options. Answers all your questions.