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Spine Surgery: Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy / Percutaneous Disc Removal (PDR)

Lower back surgery involving percutaneous removal of a herniated disc, also known as a discectomy and partial discectomy

Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy

A herniated lumbar disc can push on spinal nerves and cause severe, shooting leg pain, numbness and/or weakness. A percutaneous disc removal (PDR) can remove a portion of the herniated disc that is compressing spinal nerves through a small incision in the skin. This minimally invasive approach uses a much smaller incision than traditional open spinal surgeries and avoids damage to the low back muscles.

view lower lumbar discectomy animation
View lumbar discectomy animation

Minimally Invasive Partial Lumbar Discectomy

In some cases, removing part of the herniated disc in a partial discectomy procedure can also prevent the disc from irritating the nerve.

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View partial lumbar discectomy animation


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