Lumbar Discectomy

Lumbar Discectomy at Berkshire Independent Hospital

What is lumbar discectomy?

Your spinal discs are cushion-like shock absorbers for your spine. When a disc slips, herniates, or bulges out of position, it can push on your spinal nerves and this nerve compression causes lower back and leg (sciatic) pain, pins and needles and, numbness in your leg. A slipped disc is the most common cause of lower (lumbar) back pain.

Lumbar discectomy is a type of spinal decompression surgery used to relieve the pressure that a herniated or slipped disc causes as it presses on the nerves in your spinal column. 

A discectomy can be performed by traditional open surgery or using minimally invasive techniques, known as microdiscectomy.

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