Disc Surgery

Although most patients with a herniated disc respond well to non-surgical treatments, some patients do need surgery. In general, surgery should be considered only after several months of non-surgical treatment. Many surgical procedures can be performed using minimally invasive techniques. These techniques result in smaller incisions, shorter hospital stays, less pain after surgery, and a faster recovery.

The most typical surgery for a herniated disc is a discectomy. This is a surgical procedure that removes all or part of the damaged intervertebral disc. If the problem is in the neck, this procedure is usually done through the front and is called an anterior discectomy. Sometimes the surgeon may create more space for the disc and nerve by removing a portion of the bone covering the nerve. This is called a laminectomy.