What is Discectomy?
A discectomy is a procedure that removes damaged part of a herniated disc in your spine. A herniated disc is a condition that can happen anywhere on your spine. It most often is present on the lower back. It is when the rubbery gel-like part of your spine (between the bones) slips, protrudes or bulges out. The disc can cause issues with the nerves in your spine as they can be impacted and irritated by a herniated disk. The pain that comes from it can radiate down your arms or legs. This is one of the most common causes of lower back pain and sciatica.
Who is a Good Candidate for the Procedure?
- Issues with standing or walking due to nerve weakness
- Pain radiating from your buttocks, arms, legs, or chest
- Pain that is too difficult to manage
- Conservative treatments have failed after months