Discectomy or Partial Discectomy


A complete or partial discectomy is performed in order to remove a herniated disc from the spine. It is done to relieve pressure in the spine and relieve pain.

What is it?  

A Discectomy is a procedure that is performed in order to remove a full or partial herniated disc in the spine. This is typically done when a herniated disc is consistently pressing on and irritating the spinal nerves, causing pain. During the procedure, anything in that area that is pressing down on the nerves is removed so that the patient has a greater potential to have less pain.

What should I do to prepare?

You should consult with your doctor about the type of anesthesia that you will be receiving and the best plan to prepare for surgery. This surgery can be performed under local, spinal or general anesthesia. Depending on the anesthesia that will be administered to you, you should follow certain guidelines before surgery, such as refraining from food and drink and avoiding certain medications.

What happens during the process? 

During the surgery, the patient lays face down, generally in a kneeling position. An incision is made at the site of the herniated disc. Often, a part of the bone will be removed in order to have a clear view of the compressed nerves. Anything pressing on the nerve, including part or all of the herniated disc, is then removed in order to relieve pressure.

What are the risks and potential complications?  

Risks associated with this procedure can include bleeding, infection, leaking spinal fluid, and injuries to the blood vessels and nerves around the spine.


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