Percutaneous means "through the skin" or
using a very small cut. Discectomy is surgery to remove herniated
disc material that is pressing on a
nerve root or the spinal cord.
There are many different kinds of percutaneous discectomy procedures. All of them use small instruments that are inserted between the vertebrae and into the middle of the
disc. Most of the time they are done in a surgery center using local or general anesthesia.
Start with your primary-care physician; back pain is so common that most
family docs have seen lots of it. Your PCP is also a good person to return to
if, later, you get conflicting treatment advice from specialists. He or she can
help you evaluate what would be your best next step.