A discectomy is a form of spinal decompression surgery to treat a herniated disc (sometimes called a "slipped disc"). A herniated disc occurs when a piece of a spinal disc bulges or ruptures and slips out of place, which can put pressure on a spinal nerve. This, in turn, may cause neck pain, back and/or leg pain (as may be felt in sciatica), leg weakness, leg numbness or cauda equina syndrome.
In a discectomy, damaged parts of a herniated disc are removed to relieve pressure on spinal nerves and alleviate pain. There are various methods and approches for performing this type of surgery. The choice of which is appropriate may depend on your specific condition and anatomy, as well as other factors. Learn more from the articles below.
Learn about various methods and surgical approaches for discectomies, including those performed in conjunction with a spinal fusion.
Learn more about herniated discs, which may not always require surgery.
Learn more about back pain and possible nonsurgical alternatives to a discectomy.