Your spine is comprised of individual bones, called vertebrae, that rest one on top of the other to make up the structure of your spine. In between each vertebra is a cushion, called a disc. The discs allow the vertebrae to move and bend without touching the nerves along the spinal cord. When one of the discs begins to deteriorate, it moves out of its normal parameters and often compresses a nerve along the spine.
Discectomy is a minimally invasive way to help treat the pain associated with a herniated or bulging disc by alleviating the pressure on the affected nerve. As a minimally invasive procedure, it involves a small incision, outpatient procedure, and shorter recovery time than major back surgery.
During the procedure, our surgeon will remove a portion of the herniated or bulging disc that is pressing on a nerve in the spinal cord. These minimally invasive techniques allow our surgeons to remove the portion of the disc that is compressing the nerve without altering the stability of the spine.