Disectomy (Microscopic, Endoscopic, Laser)
Discectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the damaged portion of a herniated disc in your spine. A herniated disc can irritate or compress nearby nerves, which may cause sharp-shooting pain, numbness, or tingling. A herniated disc occurs when some of the softer material inside the disk pushes out through a crack in the tougher exterior.
Your doctor may recommend discectomy if:
- You have trouble standing or walking because of nerve weakness
- Conservative treatment, such as physical therapy or steroid injections, fails to improve your symptoms after six to 12 weeks
- Pain radiating into your buttocks, legs, arms or chest becomes too much to manage
Our board-certified surgeons do their best to keep your disc intact, removing only the fragments that need to be removed to help relieve the pressure. But if the entire disc must be taken out, our surgeons may refill the space with a piece of synthetic bone implant. The adjoining vertebrae are then fused together with metal hardware.