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What is a diskectomy?

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During this procedure, your surgeon removes your damaged spinal disk to relieve pressure on your nerves. He can perform the surgery in a couple of ways:

  • Open diskectomy is via a cut in your back or neck.
  • Microdiskectomy is done through a much smaller incision. Your surgeon inserts a thin tube with a camera on one end to see and remove the damaged disk.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Herniated Disk."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery: "Herniated Disk in the Lower Back."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Herniated Disk."

Cleveland Clinic: "Herniated Disk." "Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medicines (NSAIDs)."

Mayo Clinic. “Herniated Disk.”

North American Spine Society: "Lumbar (Open) Microscopic Diskectomy."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Surgery for Herniated Disk."

Radiological Society of North America, Inc.: "Epidural Injections."

Temple University Health System: "Herniated Disk Surgery."

University of Michigan: "Lumbar Herniated Disk: Should I Have Surgery?"

Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center: "Herniated Disk."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Herniated Disk."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery: "Herniated Disk in the Lower Back."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Herniated Disk."

Cleveland Clinic: "Herniated Disk." "Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medicines (NSAIDs)."

Mayo Clinic. “Herniated Disk.”

North American Spine Society: "Lumbar (Open) Microscopic Diskectomy."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Surgery for Herniated Disk."

Radiological Society of North America, Inc.: "Epidural Injections."

Temple University Health System: "Herniated Disk Surgery."

University of Michigan: "Lumbar Herniated Disk: Should I Have Surgery?"

Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center: "Herniated Disk."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 12, 2018

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