A disc herniates when the outer portion of the disc ruptures and some of the softer disc nucleus material squeezes out. When a herniated disc is bulging out of position it can push on spinal nerves and cause severe, shooting pain, numbness and/or weakness.
There are many ways to treat a herniated disc including non-surgical and surgical options. A surgical option is a discectomy procedure. A discectomy addresses the pain caused from a herniated disc by removing part of the disc to relieve pressure on the nerve and prevent the disc from irritating the nerve.
How is a discectomy done to treat a herniated disc?
During the procedure an incision is made to expose the vertebrae above and below the herniate disc. Next, surgical instruments are used to remove apportion of the lamina to provide access to the herniated disc. The herniated portion of the disc is removed to relieve the pressure on the compressed nerve.
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