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How long does lumbar microdiscectomy (LMD) surgery take?

Lumbar microdiscectomy (LMD), which is a procedure to remove diseased or damaged disk material away from spinal nerves, usually takes one to two hours. However, it may take longer if you have scar tissue from previous surgeries or certain other factors. Your surgeon will give you a rough idea but may not know until the surgery is in progress.

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